Good Afternoon Wildcat fans!
First off, congratulations to both Coach Martin and Coach Patterson for great basketball wins this week. The men's team showed great courage Monday night with a tremendous win over No. 1 KU in front of a terrific and intense Bramlage Coliseum crowd, marking the program's fourth all-time victory against a top-ranked team (and second in as many years).
Then last night the women's team handily defeated Colorado, 78-51, for the 799th win in program history! With our next victory K-State will become just the 13th school in women's basketball history and second in the Big 12 to record 800 wins!
Our basketball programs have a proud heritage of success and we have talked quite a bit over the last 20 months about making sure we continue to build our infrastructure to ensure that we can enhance our national position in the future.
Today we believe that we have taken a big step forward in that regard. As you read this letter, the construction bids for our proposed Basketball Training Facility and east side upper deck addition of restrooms at Bill Snyder Family Stadium have been opened and we are very encouraged with the initial indications. The total estimated pre-bid cost of these two projects was approximately $22 million, which includes $20 million for the training facility and $2 million for the restroom addition. Pre-bid construction-only costs were estimated at $15 million and $1.5 million, respectively. Once we have fully examined the bids and the process has been finalized, we anticipate moving quickly to secure a construction contract. We would anticipate then announcing more details of the project timeline, including information regarding a groundbreaking ceremony.
I cannot express enough our appreciation to our fans nationwide for their participation and support of these projects. Because of the grass-roots support of K-Staters through the Ahearn Fund we are definitely making progress towards our goal of providing a world-class student-athlete experience here at Kansas State. As a reminder, March 1 is the deadline to return your 2011 Ahearn Fund pledge form. Receiving pledges by March 1 helps us accurately project revenue for planning and budgeting purposes and enables the department to operate in a fiscally responsible manner.
Pledges for the Basketball Training Facility are approaching the $15 million mark. Wildcat fans who wish to do so can still make specific gifts for the BTF by clicking here.
That's it for today. Baseball is off to California today to open their season, while women's basketball is heading to Lincoln looking for win No. 800 Saturday night. We'll see you this weekend as we host track and field, tennis and men's basketball Friday, Saturday and Sunday right here in Manhattan.
Thank you for your continued support of K-State student-athletes.