MANHATTAN, Kan. - After receiving generous support from K-Staters world-wide, Kansas State dedicated its new $18 million Basketball Training Facility on Friday, October 5.
The invitation-only event for donors and project contributors featured University President Kirk Schultz, Athletics Director John Currie, lead contributors Rand and Patti Berney and Jim and Laura Johnson as well as head coaches Deb Patterson and Bruce Weber. Guests were able to tour the facility prior to the dedication ceremony. The ceremony included remarks from special guests as well as a ribbon cutting and ceremonial first free throws by members of the men's and women's teams.
Located on the east side of Bramlage Coliseum, the 50,000-square foot facility will be the central headquarters for the Kansas State men's and women's basketball teams with close proximity to game day activities and other facilities such as the Academic Learning Center. The building is equipped with two practice courts, coaches' offices, locker rooms for both teams and coaches, player lounges, a theater-style team film room, a 2,500-square foot weight room, a sports medicine center with a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy facility and an atrium lobby with viewing deck. The facility was designed by Populous and constructed by MW Builders, and blends a modern glass and steel structure with the tradition of K-State limestone on the exterior.
Plans for a public viewing of the building are being developed and will be announced at later date.
Officials said the new facility will help K-State recruit new talent and improve the Wildcats' success on the court.