The opening of the new West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium is just a few days away now, but its only part of the planned football complex overhaul.
Once all phases of the six-phase master plan are completed, Bill Snyder Family Stadium could arguably be one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the Big 12.
The first phases was completed in August of 2011 with the addition of the restrooms on the upper east side of the stadium, updates to the concession stands and new field turf on Wagner Field.
Phase II — the $75 million construction of the West Stadium Center — began last fall and included the demolition of the old press box and suites following the football season. It was just finished this past Wednesday, nine days ahead of the Aug. 30 season opener against North Dakota State at 7:30 p.m. The major undertaking included the addition of a student-athlete dining hall, a K-State athletics hall of fame, new ticket office, new restrooms and concessions, new team store, enhanced field lighting and the addition of increased-revenue suites.
The third phase, which is still under development, is set to include a new strength and conditioning center, recruiting lounge for prospects and their families, a new video and sound system and a limestone wall around the field to replace the current chain-link fencing.
Construction of potential condominium and retail space highlights the fourth phase. It would be built in the southwest corner of the football stadium and just west of Bramlage Coliseum. A playground/family area and open-air pavilion is planned for the northwest corner of the stadium.
Phase V is set to include additional seating and an elevated walkway that connects the east and west sides concourses of the stadium, running along the north side of Bramlage Coliseum. This phase also includes new seating in the north and south end zones and a possible reconfiguring of the corner seating of the stadium.
The fifth phase piggybacks onto the renovations of the south end zone seating plan with an update to the Vanier Football Complex. Vanier, which currently houses the day-to-day operations of the football program, strength and conditioning center, academic learning center and two locker rooms, was last renovated following coach Bill Snyder’s retirement in 2005. That facelift included nearly 10,000 square feet of new space, a hydrotherapy center and permanent bench seating in the north end zone.
A complete breakdown and diagrams of construction locations for each phase of the master plan can be seen at www.kstatesports.com.