Picturesque Bill Snyder Family Stadium has been the home of K-State's
football team since 1968.
Renamed in honor of legendary head football
coach Bill Snyder by a proclamation of the Kansas Board of Regents on
Nov. 16, 2005, Bill Snyder Family Stadium sits on the north end of
named KSU Stadium, the facility was built at a cost of $1.6 million and
financed from student fees, athletics gate receipts and contributions.
The stadium opened its doors Sept. 21, 1968, with a 21-0 shutout of
Colorado State. The original seating capacity was set at 35,000, and
an expansion in the summer of 1970 added 4,000 permanent bleachers on
the east side and 3,000 temporary bleachers on the west side. The field is oriented north (left) to south (right).
the 1998 season, the addition of a deck and sky suites on the east side
of the stadium increased capacity to more than 50,000. On Nov. 11,
2000, 53,811 fans witnessed Kansas State 's 29-28 win over Nebraska . It remains the largest crowd to ever witness a sporting event in the
state of Kansas.
The Vanier Football Complex received a major renovation in 2007, which included a new training
facility, weight room, equipment room, coaches' offices, meeting rooms,
locker room and permanent seating in the north end zone. The entire Vanier Football Complex is will be replaced with a brand new facility prior to the 2015 season.
New video and
message boards were also installed at the north and south ends at a
cost of $1.7 million. The south end of the stadium received a fully
integrated ProStar VideoPlus display system. New video boards are set to be installed in the northeast and northwest corners of the stadium as part of the Bill Snyder Stadium Master Plan.
||INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY
In addition to Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Kansas State's practice facilities include the 94,000 square foot Indoor Practice Facility, which recently received a complete upgrade with the installation of new FieldTurf.
K-State football's Indoor Practice Facility is believed to be one of the largest in the nation, with enough space for multiple full squad practices taking place at once. The huge facility's roof height also allows for full special teams practice, with kickoffs and punts not even coming close to touching the ceiling.
Combined with K-State football's three regulation sized grass practice fields, K-State has the ability to practice and prepare on a variety of surfaces in almost any weather condition.
||WEST STADIUM CENTER
View photos and videos of the West Stadium Center
The $75 million, 250,00 square foot West Stadium Center opened in Fall 2013, and is a first-class facility that impacts the daily experience of 444 student-athletes in 16 sports who proudly represent Kansas State University. The West Stadium Center also enhances the gameday experience for all 50,000 K-State Fans as we cheer for another Wildcat Victory.
The West Stadium Center features amenities for all fans at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. New concessions, restrooms and ticket offices replace the current west side facilities, which were originally built in 1968. Additionally, a new Fan Store and Hall of Honor is included on the main Concourse Level.
In addition to being a first-class facility for K-State student-athletes and fans, the West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium also serves as the northwest gateway to campus and a rallying point for the University’s visionary "K-State 2025" plan. The structure makes a statement to the Big 12 Conference, the nation and prospective student-athletes that K-State is committed to competing at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics.
The Terrace Level features the Ahearn Fund Student-Athlete Performance Table to serve the daily dietary needs of all K-State student-athletes. The Tailgate Terrace is a great place to enjoy the unique tailgate atmosphere of a K-State gameday.
The 2nd, 3rd and 4th levels of the West Stadium Center have outdoor Suite, Club and Loge seating. These seats have the best sight lines in College Football and will be the premier seating area for Wildcat Fans. All suite, loge and club season-ticket holders will enjoy an all-inclusive food and beverage experience in the spacious lounges located behind each seating area.
The 5th level of the West Stadium Center is be designated for media and coaches on game-days and will be the new permanent home for the K-State Media relations office.
||NEW VANIER FOOTBALL COMPLEX
View live webcams of the Vanier Complex construction
With the new Vanier Football Complex set to begin contrsuction after the 2014 season, the Wildcats will more than double the amount of space for student-athletes and coaches, providing access to world-class resources, equipment and facilities and creating a more cohesive and efficient experience to train, study and compete.
The new training complex, attached to the stadium, will include expansive spaces, bold graphics and state-of-the-art equipment. A grand 4-story atrium will leave a memorable first impression and be accessible from all levels, including the main concourse. Perhaps most importantly, a new Academic Learning Center will facilitate the very best in academic support services for K-State student-athletes from all 16 sports.
A massive new Strength & Conditioning Center will more than double the current footprint with multi-level height ceilings, natural lighting and a built-in plyometric ramp. All-new sports medicine and hydrotherapy equipment will include the latest in student-athlete training and recovery resources.
A new team theater will be added, along with a customized and centrally located locker room, multiple student-athlete lounge spaces and expansive meeting rooms. The entire top floor will be dedicated to the football program, including offices and meeting rooms, with a private balcony outside of the coaches' offices displaying incredible views of the field and stadium.
The completion of Phase III of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan will further solidify the university's place as a prominent force in the Big 12, and aid in attracting, retaining & training high quality recruits from across the nation.