K-State to build rowing center

By The Mercury

A groundbreaking ceremony to commence the construction phase of K-State’s new Intercollegiate Rowing Center will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the east parking lot of Bill Snyder Family Stadium prior to the Wildcats’ basketball game against Baylor.

The 9,000 square-foot facility, to be constructed in K-State limestone at a total cost of approximately $2.7 million, will be located along Kimball Avenue and adjacent to the east parking lot at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The facility, when completed later this fall, will provide an all-inclusive and efficient training facility for the Wildcat rowing program.

“As we continue to strive toward our goal of a model intercollegiate athletics program, the K-State Intercollegiate Rowing Center will dramatically enhance the experience of our 90-plus female rowing student-athletes,” Athletic Director John Currie said. “The location of this facility is close to our Academic Learning Center and the new Student-Athlete Performance Table located in the West Stadium Center to help maximize efficiency of our student-athletes.

“We are excited about the future of K-State rowing and know the Intercollegiate Rowing Center will help foster championship-level athletic performances.”

The IRC, which is being funded privately through contributions and athletics department revenue without the aid of tax, tuition or general university dollars, will include two state-of-the-art indoor rowing tanks, a new locker room and erg room with more than 40 rowing performance machines and office space for the coaching staff.

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz believes the new rowing center will be another great addition to the facilities for K-State Athletics and adds to the value of the program’s student-athletes as the university works toward improving academics and athletics.

“We are excited to take this next step in providing our student-athletes and coaching staff with a world-class rowing facility,” Schulz said. “They have represented Kansas State University so well, and we are confident this will allow the program to continue moving forward. Enhancing facilities for athletics and academics is a key component as we become a Top 50 public research university by 2025.”

The crown jewel of the new facility will be two 2,800-gallon indoor rowing tanks that allow for up to 16 rowers to practice at one time and simulate “being on the water” year round.

“We are very thankful to President Kirk Schulz and John Currie for their commitment to our rowing program in building this new facility,” Sweeney said. “This facility is a huge step in improving our program as a whole by allowing us to train our athletes on water on a more consistent basis. Having the indoor rowing tanks will help level the playing field from a facilities and training standpoint with our competition, and I expect this to be the next step forward for this program.”

The project has been designed by Schaefer-Johnson-Cox-Frey Architecture, and Konrath Construction will serve as general contractor.

“The new facility is going to mean great things for the team,” said co-captain Aly Bronder. “To row efficiently you need to have good technique and be able to swing well with the other seven girls in the shell, and a tank will allow us to continue what we can’t accomplish on the ergs. This facility will allow us to take the next step and really start competing with some of the top crews.”

“First, I want to express how excited I am for our new facility. Our new building means our team has the opportunity to be competitive with those teams that have constant access to water or rowing tanks, like the one we will be getting,” said co-captain Adria Ley. “This is a great time for K-State Women’s Rowing and I’m anxious to see how this facility will come to serve our team.”

More details on the K-State Intercollegiate Rowing Center, including a photo gallery of project renderings, photos of the groundbreaking and additional information can be found at

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