In Ahearn Field House, Wildcat volleyball fans are treated to one of the most attractive volleyball facilities in the Midwest.
AHEARN FIELD HOUSE
Storied Ahearn Field House, situated on the Kansas State campus, shook for 39 years with the roar of 14,000 Wildcat fans as the legendary home of K-State basketball. Large, boisterous crowds, memorable Kansas State victories, and the ghosts of Wildcats past are enamored in the history of the Field House.
Now, as the home of Kansas State volleyball, the roar of the crowd is heard again. In Ahearn Field House, Wildcat volleyball fans are treated to one of the most attractive volleyball facilities in the Midwest.
The newly installed Terina Irsik Memorial Court, named for the late Terina Irsik, a long-time KSU fan, sits in the south end of the field house with balcony seating on three sides. The floor was put in just prior to the start of the 2004 season.
The Field House can comfortably seat as many as 5,000 rabid Wildcat fans for volleyball, with 1,500 courtside bleacher seats that provide an intimate view of the action.
As the Wildcat volleyball program has enjoyed its remarkable resurrection over the past 10 seasons, fans have poured into the Field House. Since 1997, Kansas State has annually ranked among the nation's top 25 teams in home attendance.
In 2003, the Wildcats attracted a program-best 31,223 fans for 16 home matches, for an average of 1,951, which ranked second among Big 12 Conference institutions and seventh nationally. In 2003, Kansas State hosted first- and second-round action at Ahearn Field House for the fourth time in school history. The Wildcats won both matches by a 3-0 score against Ohio University and the University of Arkansas.
Press row and the scorers' table surround the floor, created strictly for volleyball action. Two new scoreboards, one at each end of the court, were added in 1996 to help K-State's tenacious home crowds follow the action.
Ahearn Field House has been the home to the Wildcats for their entire 31-year history. In that timeframe the 'Cats have posted a 232-124-5 record in “The Old Barn,” including an impressive 122-30 mark over the past 10 years.
Renovations to the Kansas State volleyball team room and locker room were completed in 2005 to expand both the areas inside Ahearn Field House, giving the program top-notch facilities in the highly competitive Big 12 Conference. Other renovations to the team's training area were completed in the Spring of 2004.
The Bud and Marti Newell Strength and Conditioning Complex, which is located in the Vanier Sports Complex, is a newly-renovated 13,000 square foot weight facility that includes more than $100,000 worth of essential weight training equipment.
The complex also contains a new improved athletic training facility complete with hydrotherapy center.
Under the guidance and supervision of head strength coach Mike Kent, and a nationally certified strength and conditioning staff, each and every athlete is trained to reach peak physical performance.
The state-of-the-art training facility is an integral part of K-State’s volleyball success.