A Letter from A.D. John Currie - July 23, 2015

Good morning K-State Nation!

I trust everyone is safely managing the heat as it is officially summertime in Kansas!  Fortunately, the AC is fully operational inside the new Vanier Family Football Complex as our friends at Mortenson/GE Johnson and Populous and their fine sub-contractors finish up the details on this transformational new building.

If you've driven by Bill Snyder Family Stadium lately, you will notice the tremendous progress being made as we are now just a few weeks away from the football staff moving into their new headquarters after eight months of temporary accommodations in the West Stadium Center.  The entire K-State Nation should take great pride in the detail and aesthetics of the new facility.

Today I am excited to provide you a special update on the timing of the next step of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan.  We have spoken previously about our desire to "complete the bowl" with what we refer to as "Phase IIIB" of the Master Plan - which will connect the east side of the stadium to the brand new north concourse and fully enclose BSFS.  This northeast addition will also house the visiting team locker, training and officials areas, and, in keeping with our goal of having The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12, an awesome new video board that will match the new screen erected on the northwest corner of the stadium.

In keeping with our commitment to fiscal responsibility, we will not commence construction until we have secured private funding for this next step, but of course, we have been actively fundraising for this project with a tentative goal of $15 million as we also conduct preliminary design development.

Earlier this month we took a huge leap forward toward this goal thanks to a transformational leadership gift by Carl and Mary Ice for Phase IIIB, which coupled with several commitments earlier this year, propels us to just over half of our goal for this project!  The Ices have played a critical leadership role in all of our recent facility projects, including the BTF, WSC and VFC, and they have a deep heart and passion for K-State.

For those of you who have not had the chance to meet this wonderful K-State family, Carl and Mary reside in Westlake, Texas.  Carl is the President and CEO of BNSF Railway and a 1979 graduate of the College of Engineering and serves as a member of the KSU Foundation Board of Directors, while Mary is a 1980 graduate of the College of Human Ecology and earned a Masters from the College of Education. Their daughter, Karen, is an attorney residing in Manhattan and their son, Marshall (’03), and their daughter-in-law, Megan (’04) are both K-State graduates.  Carl and Mary have been longtime and generous supporters of Engineering, Human Ecology and the Alumni Association, among other K-State interests, and have been equally generous with their time through the years.  We appreciate their friendship and generosity as we continue to move forward in our goal of being a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program.  Please join me in thanking Carl, Mary and the entire Ice family for their incredible leadership.

Of course we still have much more work to do to reach our goal and make Phase IIIB a reality, so stay tuned for more information, including initial drawings and photos, on Phase IIIB of the BSFS Master Plan.

The 2015 football season is fast approaching, as Coach Snyder and members of our team just returned from Dallas and the annual Big 12 Media Days on Monday. We are closing in on 27 straight sellouts at Bill Snyder Family Stadium as fewer than 500 seats remain for the season finale on December 5, and all other games are down to scattered singles and SRO seats. We will have more information surrounding our K-StateHD.TV televised season opener against South Dakota (click here to subscribe and get the game) on September 5 over the next few weeks.

Enjoy the rest of July, and thank you for the national standard you are setting for passionate fan support!

Go Cats!