Pink bathroom makes Iowa fans feel right at home


Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 2, 2006 at 10:13 p.m.
A Clearwater restaurant dipped into a pail of pink paint to make University of Iowa fans feel right at home over the weekend. Gator fans, though, may have been less amused.
Pete & Shorty's, an Iowa-themed restaurant that serves Midwestern food, painted its bathroom pink to mimic UI's infamous visiting locker room. The restaurant, located at 2820 Gulf To Bay Boulevard, even offered tours of the men's room through Monday, when UF faced the Hawkeyes in Tampa's Outback Bowl.
The pink locker room in Iowa's Kinnick Stadium - the brainchild of former Iowa coach Hayden Fry - sparked a controversy during the 2005 season. Critics said the pink, which adorns brick walls, shower floors and urinals, was demeaning to homosexuals and women.
As things turned out, the Gators were in the pink, downing the Iowa Hawkeyes by the score of 31-24.
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