Greetings K-State Nation!
This morning I write to you from Dodge
City as I get ready to enjoy breakfast at the Winter Livestock
Commission Cafe with a loyal group of K-Staters. Assistant AD Lon Floyd
and I spent yesterday visiting K-Staters in Scott City and Garden City
before I capped off the evening by hopping over to Hutchinson for an
awesome Catbacker event. Today, Lon and I will head up to Great Bend for
lunch and then down to the Wichita Catbacker dinner. The crowds on this
year's tour have been incredible, and it is great to feel the
excitement K-State fans have for the upcoming year.
with our goal of providing The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12, we are
thrilled to announce later today that Bramlage Coliseum will be
dramatically enhanced as a new high-definition Panasonic center-hung
video board, six additional LED displays and state-of-the-art innovative
lighting and sound systems will be installed this fall in time for the
Our staff has done a great job of working with
Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams, Inc. (WJHW), one of the top
acoustical consulting and electronic systems design firms in the
country, to manage the project, which will begin later this summer and
be completed in October.
When you walk into Bramlage next season
you will immediately notice the brand new Panasonic HD center-hung
videoboard, which will have a display nearly four times larger than the
existing video board in Bramlage.
Additional atmosphere video
enhancements will come from new LED displays installed above Sections
12-15 on the north end and Section 24 to Section 1 on the south end.
These displays will provide additional opportunities for crowd
engagement, out of town scores and sponsor integration.
equally excited to be installing a brand new best-of-class modern audio
sound system, including nearly 100 total loudspeakers, which will
utilize the latest amplifier and digital signal processing technology
with more than 200,000 watts of amplification. The increased speaker
locations will provide for better sound distribution and audio clarity
and quality throughout the arena. Finally, a new LED lighting system
will offer more versatile and higher quality of output in the arena and
allow for special effects during introductions, halftime and
miscellaneous recognitions while also reducing our electricity usage and
cost in the arena.
The improvements, which will cost
approximately $2.4 million, represent the most significant capital
investment to the interior of the arena since the addition of loge boxes
in 2007. The new videoboards and sound system replace existing ones
last renovated in 2000-01. Thanks to our 10,000-plus members of the
Ahearn Fund, this project will be paid for by general athletic
department gifts and operating revenue without the aid of tax, tuition
or general university dollars!
Bramlage already offers one of the
best home court advantages in college basketball and these
improvements, coupled with the 2012 completion of the $18 million
Basketball Training Facility, gives K-State about as good of an overall
basketball set-up as you'll find around the country.