K-State announces $105-million in facility upgrades

K-State AD says that the project will benefit all 16 sports. Also, there will be improvements made to the south end zone at the football field.

MANHATTEN, Kan. (WIBW) - KSU Athletic Director Gene Taylor unveiled plans for improvements to be made to Kansas State practice facilities and to the south end zone at the football stadium. At $105-million, it is the largest capital project in program history.

There are four phases to the project. The first being improvements to the south end zone at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The new additions will include more club seating, expansions to the Legends Room event space, more restrooms and concessions and new video boards in the southeast and southwest corners. This will expaned Bramlage Coliseum by 17.5' by adding about 4,500 square feet inside the Coliseum concourse. Construction for this phase will begin in May 2020 and finish before the 2021 football season.

"One of our top departmental priorities is to provide our teams the best facilities they need to compete for championships while doing so in a manner that makes sense for K-State, both financially and practically, and this project is consistent with that goal," Taylor said. "What is most significant to us, and also to our tremendous donors who have already contributed to our fundraising goal, is that these projects will have a direct impact on each and every one of our teams and student-athletes as well as significantly enhance the experience for our fans, especially for football and basketball games and volleyball matches."

Also included in this capital initiative is the construction of a new volleyball arena, Olympic performance training center and a new football indoor facility and outdoor practice field. Construction of the final three components will begin once appropriate funding has been committed and approval has been given by the Kansas Board of Regents. World-renown firm HOK is serving as the architect consultant for the projects.