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Iowa wants to build $19.5M football practice field

Snow falls outside of the Indoor Practice Facility known as the
Snow falls outside of the Indoor Practice Facility known as the "Bubble" Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 at the Hayden Fry Football Complex on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

(AP) "The Bubble" might soon pop.

The University of Iowa is proposing demolishing the football team's 25-year-old indoor practice facility known as "the Bubble" and building a $19.5 million replacement nearby.

The Board of Regents is being asked to approve the design of the new indoor practice field, the project budget, and allow construction to begin.

If approved next week, construction is expected to begin next fall and last one year.

The space occupied by the existing facility would be used to add parking for UI Hospital and Clinics employees who are losing space to make way for a new children's hospital.

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