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Touchdown: Stadium a finished product

By Megan Moser

The new West Stadium Center is officially complete, with plenty of time to spare before K-State’s first kickoff.

The architecture firm AECOM announced Thursday that the $75 million renovation of the west side of Bill Snyder Family Stadium is finished.

The project, which took eight months, had to be done in time for the season opener against North Dakota State on Aug. 30.

The new facility includes improved luxury seating areas, media and broadcast facilities, concourses, concessions, restrooms and improvements to the seating bowl. It also features the new K-State Athletics Hall of Honor, a dining hall for student athletes and an outdoor lounge space called Tailgate Terrace.

A new K-State Super Store will replace Cat’s Closet as the place to buy fan merchandise at the stadium, following a deal between K-State and GTM Sportswear earlier this month.

The project also doubled the amount of on-field lighting at the stadium, to meet NCAA standards for high-definition TV broadcasts.

The 215,000-square-foot West Stadium Center, funded entirely through donations, replaced a 21-year-old pressbox, which was demolished in December.

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