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Vanier Football Complex

and North Stadium Enhancements

Capturing the Momentum

Kansas State University's Bill Snyder Family Stadium is in the midst of a transformation.

As evidenced by the completion of nearly $125 Million in Athletic Facility upgrades benefiting all 16 sports in recent months, including multiple seasons of consecutive home sellouts at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, K-Staters from across the nation have spoken again.

Now is the time to capitalize on our momentum and complete the next critical Phase III of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan.

With a new Vanier Football Complex, 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 north stadium expansion will result in a much-improved game day experience for the grass-roots fan base and a more intimidating atmosphere within the fully-enclosed seating bowl. Enhanced sightlines, deep seating treads and direct stadium access will be among many welcomed improvements to K-State fans.

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.

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Quick Facts

Groundbreaking: Winter, 2014
Substantial Completion: 2015 Season
Full Completion: 2016 or 2017 Season
Designer: Populous
Contractor: Mortenson & GE Johnson Construction
Estimated Square Feet: 132,000
Estimated Cost: $65,000,000

What They're Saying

Excitement is building for the Vanier Football Complex.

  • We are all so very grateful to Jack and Donna Vanier and their children for their monumental gift to our program and to so many others who have helped with very generous donations to this important project. These again are people who so readily represent the fact that Kansas State is about people who genuinely care about people. 

    K-State Head Coach Bill Snyder
  • K-State and Wildcat Football have always been a very important part of our lives, and our family has the utmost respect for Coach Snyder, John Currie and President Schulz and the leadership they provide our university. This important project is the next step in maintaining the level of excellence that Coach Snyder and our football program have built and achieved over the years. We are thrilled that our family has been able to be a part of such a transformation and we're hopeful that others will be inspired to do what they can to help as well. 

    K-State Benefactor John Vanier
  • This project is a big step in the development of not only Wildcat Football but all of K-State Athletics. Coach Snyder is the best coach in the history of college football and a project such as this will help our program continue to build upon the success we have achieved under his leadership. 

    Former K-State Running Back Darren Sproles
  • As a former player, it is great to see the improvements being made not only with the football program but all across the athletics department, and that is a testament to the support and passion of the entire K-State Nation. This project will be completed in a first-class manner and provide a state-of-the art facility that will benefit all Wildcat sports both operationally and in recruiting. 

    Former K-State Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson
  • I will have only been here five years, but to be here during these years with the transformation of the stadium between the West Stadium Center and the new Vanier Football Complex is a rare and unique opportunity. We all recognize what a great opportunity it is, and we are gracious for the Vanier family and everyone else who has contributed to this project. It is great to be able to have all the sports utilize this building, and with this addition, it will put K-State near the top of the country in terms of facilities. 

    K-State Junior PK Jack Cantele
  • The current Vanier Complex has served our program well since its original construction in 1968. It is time for a major upgrade to better position not just the football program, but also enhance the experience of all 450 of our student-athletes in our 16 sports who are supported from the Academic Learning Center, sports medicine, strength and conditioning and equipment infrastructure located in the north end zone. 

    K-State Athletics Director John Currie

Questions and Answers

How much will this phase cost and how will it be funded?

The projected budget for Phase III of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium master plan is approximately $65 Million. We are launching the Vanier Football Challenge Capital Campaign of $50 Million that will fund the majority of this project through leadership philanthropic support. The remaining balance will be funded through a combination of Ahearn Fund and other department revenues.

How will this impact ticket prices or Ahearn Fund donation levels?

This project will be funded primarily by the generosity of philanthropic K-State leaders who believe in the impact it will have on the K-State family for years to come and not by increasing ticket prices or annual donation levels. We do not anticipate any decisions regarding future season ticket prices or Ahearn Fund giving levels to be impacted by the Vanier Football Complex & North Stadium project.

When will construction start and when will it be completed?

Groundbreaking is scheduled for our last home football game (versus Kansas) on November 29, 2014 with substantial completion by August, 2015.

Can we complete the project between football seasons?

Yes, we have been advised that the vast majority of the construction can take place between football seasons to minimize the in-season impact on our coaches, student-athletes and fans. However, it is likely that the northeast corner section and northeast video board will not be completed until the 2016 or 2017 season.

Will the Vanier Complex be completely torn down and replaced?

After reviewing all options with our architects and contractors, we believe the best long term solution is to make a leap similar to what was accomplished by going from the old press box to the new West Stadium and replace the entire facility. Doing so will allow us to build a more efficient facility that will serve us for decades to come.

Wasn't the Vanier Complex just recently renovated?

The Vanier Complex has gone through 8 renovations or expansions since original construction in 1968. While it has served us well throughout those years, it is time for a modern facility with large open spaces, functional offices, state-of-the-art strength training and sports medicine areas, contemporary locker rooms and team meeting spaces. Each piece of equipment will be analyzed for continued use or sale.

What will the transition plan be for all Vanier occupants during construction?

We are preparing a detailed transition plan that will primarily make use of current athletics facilities to accommodate our football program and other student-athletes. For example, the WSC will be used to house our coaches' offices, meeting rooms and the Academic Learning Center. The Indoor Practice Facility will be the temporary home of our training and sports medicine facilities.

How will the student-athletes be impacted?

This project will represent a dramatic step towards our goal of providing a world-class student-athlete experience and it will impact all of our student-athletes from 16 sports with a new Academic Learning Center, an Olympic quality Strength and Conditioning Center and state of the art Sports Medicine and Recovery spaces.

What will happen to fans currently sitting in the north end zone?

Fans who currently hold season tickets in the areas impacted will be given the first opportunity to secure seats in the new north end. A primary objective of this project will be to further enhance the grass-roots fan experience. This area will continue to be family-friendly seating rather than premium seating like suites or club seats.

What was the final cost of the WSC and how much money was raised?

The final cost of the WSC project was approximately $81M which was funded by philanthropic contributions, including leadership, construction and annual Ahearn Fund gifts. Additional projects such as east side lighting and south concourse enhancements increased the total investment to approximately $90M in overall improvements.

How many seats will be added with this project?

The new north stadium expansion will result in a much better game experience for fans located in this area due to better viewing angles and wide rows. The seating capacity impact has not yet been finalized, but we do not project a significant increase. Current plans show a total increase of approximately 1,000 seats. Our goals for this project are more about improving the fan experience and game atmosphere than increasing capacity.

How will the visiting team and game day officials be accommodated until the northeast corner addition can be completed?

Game officials will be housed in a staff locker room and plans are being developed to accommodate the visiting team on a temporary basis, likely within the strength and conditioning areas. This temporary solution in itself is projected to be an upgrade over current visiting team accommodations.

How did you select Populous as the architect?

Populous was selected following a competitive design study process and based on its history of performance with K-State Athletics, including their work on the award-winning K-State Basketball Training Facility, as well as their unquestioned reputation in the industry.

Have you selected a contractor and if so who and how?

Working through the KSU Foundation, we have opted to continue the momentum established with Mortenson & GE Johnson Construction based on their first-class performance and experience obtained on the West Stadium Center project. Doing so will allow us to work with the same professional leadership team and maximize the efficiencies and expertise gained through the recent WSC construction process.

When will video, sound and stat board upgrades take place?

We have hired the professional consultant team from WJHW to develop a video and sound technology master plan for both BSFS and Bramlage Coliseum. We are currently going through an extensive process of review and negotiation with potential vendors. Following the full completion of the RFP negotiation process, we will announce our intentions for video & sound upgrades in both venues.

When will we add the limestone field level wall?

The new north stadium will include our first step towards a new limestone field level wall along the north end of the field. Once this end is complete, we intend to continue this finish around the entire field in a future phase of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan.