K-State Breaks Ground on New Soccer and FB Fields

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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- With the inaugural season of K-State women's soccer debuting in the fall of 2016, K-State Athletics announced today ground has been broken on new practice and competition fields.
 
An official groundbreaking ceremony for the new fields will take place on Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m. Dignitaries to be in attendance include: K-State university first lady Noel Schulz, K-State athletics director John Currie and K-State women's soccer head coach Mike Dibbini.
 
The new home for soccer will be located just south of Tointon Family Stadium as two grass fields consisting of a Bermuda surface, new irrigation and drainage system are being constructed on the current site of the former football practice fields. The first phase of the project, which began on Monday, April 27, is being managed by Mid-America Sports Construction and Wildcat Construction and is anticipated to be completed by July.
 
"While exploring all options for our soccer program, we wanted to find the location that will best serve our student-athletes and also provide the best experience for our fans," Currie said. "This latest project will not only provide our soccer program with a new home but will also serve the practice needs of our football student-athletes while providing the long-term flexibility for further improvements and expansion in additional phases."
 
Both soccer and football will utilize the space, as a practice field on the east side of the site will accommodate both sports. The soccer competition field is being built along College Avenue on the west side of the site, and will provide versatility for future fan experience amenities including lighting, bleacher seating, a press facility, decorative fencing and a scoreboard. Fans will be able to utilize the existing restroom and concessions facilities at Tointon Family Stadium for games in the fall of 2016. The cost of the initial phase of the project is estimated at $2.1 million and will be totally funded by department-generated revenue.
 
"The first phase of our new soccer complex will be treasured by our student-athletes, our fans and supporters," said head coach Mike Dibbini about the new stadium. "This is an integral step to providing a World-Class Student-Athlete Experience and help deliver the Best Fan Experience in the Big 12. We are thrilled for the launching of our program and to be a part of the K-State family."
 
The Bermuda playing surfaces on both fields will provide the best overall experience for the student-athletes in both programs and also provide the long-term flexibility for expansion.
 
K-State may play an occasional soccer match at Memorial Stadium on the Kansas State University campus, but the construction of a soccer-only facility along College Avenue avoids interference with the significant day-to-day use of Memorial Stadium by Recreation Services, ROTC, the K-State Marching Band and various student and community groups.

The new facility for soccer and football, in addition to the current Vanier Football Complex project at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, brings the department's total facility enhancements total to $192 million following the opening of the West Stadium Center, Basketball Training Facility, Intercollegiate Rowing Facility and Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.
 
With members from 32 different states, K-State Athletics continues to accept memberships in the K-State Soccer Founders Club. To join or receive more information, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS.