Letter from A.D. John Currie - August 24

Earlier this week we announced myriad new initiatives to enhance the gameday experience for ALL of our fans. Click here for the full release. And, thanks to your generous support, we have been able to add several key improvements to Phase II in time for this season - in addition to the massive West Stadium Center structure.I will send out a variety of tweets in the next six days touching on some of these improvements and initiatives you will find in Bill Snyder Family Stadium this fall. Let's start off today with the expanded south concourse.With the anticipation of additional traffic to and from the west side of the stadium and with our Wildcat families who attend games in mind, we made a significant investment - roughly $925,000 - to enhance the south concourse. To alleviate congestion along the area -- especially with increased traffic to the new restrooms, concession stands, K-State Super Store and Hall of Honor on the west side -- extensive renovations have been made.The pathway formerly between the stadium and Bramlage Coliseum has been incorporated into the south concourse now allowing fans to remain within the stadium and walk behind the south concessions tents without navigating through lines or other fans entering the south end zone sections.Additionally, a plaza area featuring patio tables and a grassy embankment has been developed near a reconstructed Gate M on the southeast corner of the stadium providing an area for fans and families to relax.  Fans who wish to travel between the east and west parking lots during tailgating hours may utilize the Bramlage Coliseum concourse, which opens along with parking lots five hours before kickoff.  Opening the north Bramlage concourse was a tremendous hit last season as it provided a cool (or warm) spot for fans to take a break from the outside elements and access indoor seating, restrooms and concessions.You can check out the expanded south concourse by clicking here for a video tour as K-StateHD.TV video producer Jay Moline and I walked through this area on Thursday. Don't worry -- the tables will be here before gameday!Our student-athletes are working hard preparing for the season, as are our band, cheerleaders and Classy Cats! I visited with our volleyball team after "two-a-day" practice Wednesday afternoon, dropped in on cheer practice in the Indoor Practice Facility on Thursday evening after the volleyball Purple and White game, and had the opportunity to speak to the Pride of Wildcatland Band at its practice in Memorial Stadium. Dr. Frank Tracz and his staff have assembled the largest band in K-State history -- over 400 strong -- and let me tell you they were working hard!This afternoon Coach Snyder has asked me to speak to our football team and then I'll be heading over to the Geary County Catbackers event at the Munson Ranch -- come join us for a great burger!It's almost game time, and I can't wait!Have a great rest of the weekend, and stay tuned for more West Stadium Center updates.Go Cats!John