K-State Announces Campaign to “Complete the Bowl”

MANHATTAN, Kan. –  On the heels of this past weekend's dedication and grand opening of the $68 million Vanier Family Football Complex, Kansas State Athletics today officially launched the public campaign for the next step in the transformation of Bill Snyder Family Stadium.  
When completed, 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, Athletics Director John Currie announced today.
"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," said Currie. "Coach Snyder emphasizes the goal of getting better each day, and thanks to our incredible fans and 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 the next step as we work to ‘complete the bowl’ and fully enclose the stadium.”

Continuing K-State Athletics’ commitment to fiscal responsibility, the department will once again depend on individual donors 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. The department will also take another step toward its goal of providing The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12 with a new videoboard on the northeast corner that will mirror the new system recently erected on the northwest corner of the stadium.
It will also include permanent 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 the mezzanine above the Strength and Performance area providing more usable space for K-State student-athletes. In addition, the Section 1 seating area will also be re-constructed to connect to the new north end zone concourse and Wabash Landing area, adding additional seating to the section.
“I am so very proud of and grateful for the amazing support base that we have to provide the resources to complete this new addition to the Vanier Family Football Complex,” said head coach Bill Snyder. “As I have felt and stated we (Kansas State University) are about people who care about people.  And, a special thank you to the athletics department staff for their hard work in raising the funds to make it happen.”
For more information on Phase IIIB, including the latest photo renderings, visit the department’s facility master plan website or AhearnFund.com.