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Kansas State reportedly set to announce US$50m upgrade to football stadium

If recent reports are to be believed, then the construction crews that have become a staple at the Snyder Family Stadium over the past few years, are nearing a return, with Kansas State reportedly preparing to unveil plans for a US$50m overhaul to the north end of its football stadium.


According to sources, it is hoped that construction will begin at the conclusion of the upcoming season and be completed in time for the 2015 home opener.


The improvements would mark the third major facelift to the Snyder Family Stadium since Currie has been at K-State, with previous projects seeing the addition of permanent bathrooms to the upper level of the stadium’s east side and an overhaul of the press box on the west side, resulting in the new US$90m West Stadium Center.


K-State’s next wave of renovations would significantly upgrade the football team’s operational space, with players to benefit from a new locker room, weight room, video room and meeting areas. Coaches will also have new, nicer offices, and all student-athletes will get to use a new academic centre.


The look and feel of the football stadium would also be transformed, as per the renderings shared by top K-State executives with prominent boosters and recruits. Sources that have viewed them said they feature an enclosed stadium, allowing fans to walk between the northwest and northeast ends for the first time and two new video boards, located on the northwest and northeast corners.


Other amenities, such as a fan deck, new restrooms and a wider concourse, would also add to the stadium’s existing atmosphere. The inside of facility should resemble the basketball team’s new practice building. The Kansas City-based architecture company, Populous, will design both projects.


K-State also has plans for US$12m in facility upgrades to other areas, including a new video board behind the south end zone of the football stadium, new video boards at Bramlage Coliseum, and improvements at its baseball stadium.


In the last two years, K-State has completed US$125m-worth of construction on a new rowing facility, a basketball training facility, and the West Stadium Center, which opened at the beginning of the 2013 season.