A Letter from A.D. John Currie - September 9, 2015

Good morning K-State Nation!

Following an action-packed Family Reunion weekend in Manhattan, which included a memorable Ring of Honor induction ceremony, the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Vanier Family Football Complex, Coach Snyder’s CFB Hall of Fame recognition and of course exciting wins from our football and volleyball teams, I am pleased to share some exciting news in regards to the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan.

Thanks to the continued generosity and leadership of K-Staters world-wide we are officially launching the public campaign to “complete the bowl” with Phase IIIB of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan, enclosing the northeast corner of the Vanier Family Football Complex!

When finished, the $15 million Phase IIIB will complete the northeast corner of the stadium as envisioned in the 2010 Master Plan and for the first time ever provide K-State fans with a complete stadium bowl as well as other spectator and operational enhancements.

Although we had anticipated needing a few more years before we could complete the north end zone, the leadership commitment made in July by the Carl and Mary Ice family, followed by wonderful gifts from Jordy and Emily Nelson and many others, puts us in position to aggressively pursue this project now.  Coach Snyder emphasizes the goal of getting better each day, and thanks to our incredible fans and Ahearn Fund donors nationwide we have made tremendous incremental progress over the last six years in terms of our facility enhancements. With the completion of the West Stadium Center and Vanier Family Football Complex, along with other projects, we have now invested $195 million in facility improvements consistent with our goals of a World-Class Student-Athlete Experience and The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12.  Phase IIIB is that next step.

Continuing K-State Athletics’ commitment to fiscal responsibility, the department will once again depend on individuals throughout Wildcat Nation to build on the $9 million already pledged to reach the total estimate of $15 million and enable construction to begin in December after the conclusion of the 2015 football season with desired completion in time for the 2016 season.  The entire project will be funded without incurring any long term debt and without any state tax or university funds.

The project, led by the world-renowned sports design firm Populous in conjunction with the Construction Management team of Mortenson and GE Johnson Construction, will connect the east side of the stadium to the new north side to create a 360-degree concourse and fully enclose Bill Snyder Family Stadium.  We will also continue to provide The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12 by adding a new videoboard on the northeast corner that will mirror the new system recently erected on the northwest corner of the stadium.

The project will also provide for new visiting team locker, training and officials areas, which will move from their current temporary location inside the Vanier Family Football Complex and open up additional mezzanine space inside the Strength and Performance area, providing more training square footage for our student-athletes.  In addition, the Section 1 seating area will also be re-constructed to fill in the current gap and connect to the new north end zone concourse and Wabash Landing area, adding additional seating to the section.

THANK YOU for your support of K-State student-athletes and the quest to continue to provide them a world-class experience.  For more information on Phase IIIB, including the latest photo renderings, visit the department’s facility master plan website as well as AhearnFund.com.

Have a great rest of the week, and………

Go Cats!

John