There has been much speculation and anticipation about possible facility improvements for K-State Athletics. Here is an update on current projects and possible future improvements:
About a year ago, K-State Athletics retained the services of HOK of Kansas City, one of the world’s leading sports architectural firms, to develop a long-range master plan for facility improvements at the KSU Sports Complex. This is an on-going process focusing on identifying current and future facility needs, developing appropriate priorities and estimating potential costs. This process has allowed the Athletics Department to conceptually “dream” about what the future could hold, in particular, for Bill Snyder Family Stadium and Bramlage Coliseum, and begin to zero in on what’s possible in the next 2 to 5 years, 5 to 10 years, etc.
Currently, plans are being developed to move forward this spring and summer with improvements in both Bill Snyder Family Stadium and Bramlage Coliseum. In the football stadium, the wooden benches in the lower seating bowl will be replaced with aluminum benches matching what is in the north end zone and the east upper deck. Additionally, new chairback seats will be installed on the west side to replace the original chairs. These improvements are long overdue as the maintenance of each has become excessive in recent years.
At the base of the seating bowl, the current pipe rail will be replaced by a limestone retaining wall. This will produce a more prominent separation between the stands and playing field while creating an impressive visual affect tying the playing field with the new addition of the Vanier Football Complex.
Sound engineers are exploring options to upgrade the sound system in the stadium. Design modifications and cost estimates are being produced so the Athletics Department can determine what may be done prior to next season.
In Bramlage Coliseum, the design of Premium Loge Seating is taking shape for installation at the top of the east side prior to the 2007-08 basketball season. Approximately 70 seats in 16 to 18 boxes will be available for entertaining business clients, friends and family. For information about purchasing Premium Loge Seating or to see a concept of the design, go to www.k-statesports.com and click on Facility Projects.
K-State to Host Signing Day 2007
Head football coach Ron Prince will host Signing Day 2007 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Clarion Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn Holidome) in Manhattan.
During this second-annual event, Coach Prince will provide commentary and answer questions about the Wildcats’ 2007 recruiting class. There will also be a player-by-player review of the class featuring short video clips of each new Wildcat. A complimentary selection of light hors d'oeuvres is included in the ticket price and a cash bar will be available throughout the evening.
Tickets purchased for the event prior to Feb. 6 are priced at $10 for the general public and $5 for K-State students. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $15. You may order tickets at the K-State Athletic Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum or by calling 800-221-CATS.
K-State Jersey Retirement Festivities Set for February 10
Kansas State will retire the jerseys of basketball greats Rolando Blackman and Dick Knostman in a halftime ceremony during the Colorado game on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007.
In addition to the ceremonies at the game, scheduled for 5 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum, the two men will be honored at a public luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, at the K-State Alumni Center. Tickets to the luncheon can be purchased for $15 by calling the K-State Athletic Ticket Office at 800-221-CATS.
Students Organizing “Blackout” for KU Game
The Student Foundation, a student organization sponsored by the KSU Foundation, has organized “K-State Proud,” a campaign designed for students to participate in the University’s Changing Lives Campaign. A series of events is planned as part of the week-long campaign February 12-19, culminating with the Big Monday basketball game versus Kansas in Bramlage Coliseum. Students who contribute a minimum of $10 to the campaign will receive the official “K-State Proud” black t-shirt to wear at the game. For more information go to www.found.ksu.edu/k-stateproud.
BBQ Contest Scheduled for Spring Game and Fan Fest Weekend
Catbacker Clubs from across the state are again staging a Barbeque Contest in as part of the events surrounding the Spring Game Fan Fest on April 21. By proclamation of the Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the Grand Champion of the Wildcat BBQ Contest will be designated as an official State Champion of Kansas, which will allow the Grand Champion to enter the American Royal Barbeque Contest. For more information, go to www.k-statesports.com and click on the “Wildcat BBQ Contest” button.
Limited Tickets Available for Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship
All-session general admission tickets are selling quickly for the 2007 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship in Oklahoma City, but plenty of reserved seats remain available in the K-State block. All-session reserved tickets are priced at $80 and can be purchased at the K-State Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum or by calling 800-221-CATS. The ticket office is open from 9 a.m., to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and during home events.
The Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship will be played March 6-8 and 10 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.