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UNI Dome held first athletic event in 1976


CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- The first athletic event held in the UNI Dome was a wrestling meet February 7, 1976.  Construction on the facility had started July 1974.  It was finished shortly before the wrestling meet.

The University of Northern Iowa took on the University of Iowa in the wrestling meet.  A strong Iowa team defeated UNI 31-8, but the crowd was still excited to be in the facility.

The UNI Dome has a capacity of 16,300 and is home to Panther Football.  In the late 1990's, a hard-top roof replaced the original all-canvas roof.  That's because the soft roof collapsed a number of times during storms.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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