The Rock Bowl
One of the picturesque venues in the Midwest, the Loras College Rock Bowl has been the home to Duhawk football since 1940, and underwent some major renovations prior to the 2005 season. The new-look Rock Bowl debuted on September 24 as the Duhawks hosted Central College in an Iowa Conference game.
Like the Rose and Cotton Bowls, the Rock Bowl is named from an actual bowl game that was played in the stadium. In the first Rock Bowl Classic (the final game of the 1940 schedule), the Duhawks played previously unbeaten St. Ambrose to a scoreless tie. Loras won the inaugural game played at the beginning of the 1940 season, 26-6 over Upper Iowa on October 26.
Heading into the 2009 campaign, the Duhawks own an overall record of 133-87-3 at the Rock Bowl. Loras has had eight undefeated seasons at home since 1947 (5-0), including 1950 (5-0), 1952 (4-0), 1982 (5-0), 1985 (4-0-1), 1991 (5-0), 1992 (5-0), and 1996 (5-0).
The largest record crowd recorded was 10,000 on October 5, 1947 as the Duhawks defeated St. Ambrose 20-6.
Loras College Athletic & Wellness Center
Traditional seating allows for over 1,700 spectators, but can hold more if the arena floor is used for seating. The facility also boasts a concessions area and houses the offices of all coaches who compete in the building, the Athletics Director, the strength and conditioning coach, and the athletic training staff. The Loras College Varsity Athletics Hall of Fame area is located along the east wall of the upper concourse. Included in the construction of the building were state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems and a lighting system which optimizes natural light and is energy efficient.
Beginning this season the Duhawks moved their locker room and game day operations to the Athletic and Wellness Center - which now also houses their equipment and training rooms. The move meant major upgrades in locker, shower, and medical care facilities, as well as a new entrance to the field. The locker room includes 124 all wood lockers with a shoulder pad rack, a flat screen TV, and a leather couch and chair, making it one of the best facilities in D-III.
The Loras College community opened the cardiovascular and weight training portion of the Athletic & Wellness Center in January 2008. The 8,000+ square foot, mulit-level section of the building houses a variety of brand new equipment to meet the needs of competitive student-athletes, the traditional student who does not compete within the NCAA III programs but is looking to lead a healthy college lifestyle, and the general-use patron who can access the facility for improving their own wellness.