Wichita State University in Kansas has approved funding for phases 1A and 1B of the $40 million improvement plan to replace Cessna Stadium.
When completed, the new university stadium will accommodate more than 10,000 spectators and include an 8-lane track and space for a soccer field.
Phasing has been developed around maintaining the spectator seating and other infrastructure required for the annual Kansas State High School Track and Field Championship and the Wichita State track and field teams.
Demolition of the east stands of Cessna Stadium will be handled outside the scope of this project as a separate small capital project.
The west side of the stadium, capacity around 12,000, will remain standing to allow for continued operation of the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championship.
The intent for the University Stadium project is to select a design team to create an architectural program and then create construction documents for the entire project to be bid by phase as separate construction projects as funding is available.
The total project cost of Phase 2A/2B is anticipated to be approximately $39.5 million. Funding for Phase 2A/2B will be a combination of university funds, private gifts and other local funding sources.
Phase 1A is anticipated to start in August 2023 and includes the improvements on the east side of the existing track. Phase 1B, anticipated to start in June 2024, widens the existing grass field to accommodate a regulation-sized soccer field and reconfigures the 8-lane track around the widened field.
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