Board of Regents approve more K-State athletic projects

01/15/2014 12:26 PM

01/15/2014 12:28 PM

A new wave of athletic facility enhancements is on the way at Kansas State.

On Wednesday, the Wildcats took their first step toward $62 million worth of privately-funded upgrades to their football, basketball and baseball stadiums when the Kansas Board of Regents approved without discussion the proposed improvements at their monthly meeting.

The facility upgrades include $50 million for an overhaul of the north end of Snyder Family Stadium, where the football team’s training complex and offices currently reside. A renovation would provide new training facilities as well as expanded space for football operations. The other $12 million would go toward new videoboards and sound improvements at all three venues.

Snyder Family Stadium uses a small, outdated videoboard on its north end. The videoboards at Bramlage Coliseum are also dated. Tointon Family Stadium, for baseball, doesn’t have a videoboard.

New videoboards could be installed later this year, depending on fundraising efforts. All three are expected to be in place by the end of 2017.

Plans for the rest of the proposed upgrades are still in their infant stages, with K-State officials still working out full details. And an architecture firm will need to be hired before designs are in place. There is no timetable for the beginning or end of construction at Snyder Family Stadium.

“The recent details from the Kansas Board of Regents agenda is a step in the process as we examine our options for the next phase of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan and appropriately assess costs and feasibility,” K-State spokesman Kenny Lannou said in a statement. “No specific construction timetable has been determined at this time.”

K-State recently completed more than $100 million worth of athletic facility upgrades, including the basketball training facility located next to Bramlage Coliseum, a new rowing facility and the new West Stadium Center at Snyder Family Stadium.

The basketball training facility opened at the beginning of the 2012-13 season, while the renovations at Snyder Family Stadium were completed before the start of the 2013 season.

But the West Stadium Center came with six phases of improvements. The current renovations took care of the first two. K-State’s proposed plans are for phase three, though improvement to the football team’s training complex are featured in Phase 6.

K-State athletic director John Currie, who was unavailable for comment while traveling, began pushing for further facility improvements almost immediately after the West Stadium Center was constructed. He saw an opportunity to make more improvements across K-State’s athletic department.

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