Now that the $68 million Vanier Family Football Complex is open, Kansas State University has embarked on the next Bill Snyder Family Stadium upgrade: Phase IIIB, where the stadium will be fully enclosed.
The project, led by sports design firm Populous in conjunction with the construction management team of Mortenson and GE Johnson Construction, will connect the east side of the stadium to the new north side to create a 360-degree concourse and fully enclose Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Also part of the project: a new videoboard on the northeast corner that will mirror the new system recently erected on the northwest corner of the stadium.
“Although we had anticipated needing a few more years before we could complete the north end zone, the leadership commitment made in July by the Carl and Mary Ice family, followed by wonderful gifts from Jordy and Emily Nelson and many others, puts us in position to aggressively pursue this project now,” said Athletics Director John Currie in announcing the project. “Coach Snyder emphasizes the goal of getting better each day, and thanks to our incredible fans and donors nationwide we have made tremendous incremental progress over the last six years in terms of our facility enhancements. With the completion of the West Stadium Center and Vanier Family Football Complex, along with other projects, we have now invested $195 million in facility improvements consistent with our goals of a World-Class Student-Athlete Experience and The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12. Phase IIIB is the next step as we work to ‘complete the bowl’ and fully enclose the stadium.”
The addition will include a permanent new visiting team locker, training and officials areas, which will move from their current temporary location inside the Vanier Family Football Complex, and open up the mezzanine above the Strength and Performance area providing more usable space for K-State student-athletes. In addition, the Section 1 seating area will also be re-constructed to connect to the new north end zone concourse and Wabash Landing area, adding additional seating to the section.
“I am so very proud of and grateful for the amazing support base that we have to provide the resources to complete this new addition to the Vanier Family Football Complex,” said head coach Bill Snyder. “As I have felt and stated we (Kansas State University) are about people who care about people. And, a special thank you to the athletics department staff for their hard work in raising the funds to make it happen.”
About $9 million has already pledged against the $15 million budget, enabling construction to begin in December after the conclusion of the 2015 football season for a 2016 debut. The entire project will be funded without incurring any long term debt and without any state tax or university funds.
Images courtesy Populous.