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.
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.
||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 Construction
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.
||VANIER FOOTBALL COMPLEX
K -State's commitment to excellence is never more evident than when one views the recent renovations that took place in and around the Vanier Football Complex, an all-in-one facility that houses the K-State football program. The renovations completed an $8 million overhaul that was finished in time for the 2007 season.
Among the impressive improvements: a newly-renovated 15,000-plus square foot weight room and athletic training facility, a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy center, new and expanded player's locker room and lounge area complete with flat-screen televisions, an upgraded equipment distribution center, technologically advanced meeting rooms with the latest in video equipment, and new offices and meeting space for the coaching staff.
One of the most dramatic pieces of the project was completed in 2006 when K-State finished construction on a reconfiguration of the north end zone seating at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The upgrades resulted in new tiered bench seating with a capacity for 1,900 patrons and a sweeping runway leading from the locker room to the playing field.
The renovations in 2007 came on the heels of a more than $13 million stadium expansion that included 31 new luxury sky suites on the east side of Bill Snyder Family Stadium in 1999. The expansion raised the number of sky suites at the stadium to 57, included the addition of 2,000 club seats and a new upper deck seating area that pushed the capacity of the facility over 50,000.