Fred Bramlage Coliseum

Now in its 22nd season of hosting Wildcat basketball, the Fred Bramlage Coliseum (13,340) has carved its own niche in Kansas State’s colorful history of basketball residence.

In keeping with the tradition established by Nichols Gymnasium (1946-50) and Ahearn Field House (1950-88), Bramlage Coliseum (1988-present) has given Kansas State a deafening, winning environment.

Largest Crowds:

1. 13,762, vs. Kansas, 2/22/92
2. 13,685, vs. Kansas, 1/27/90
3. 13,597, vs. Missouri, 3/1/89
4. 13,586, vs. Kansas, 1/14/89
5. 13,584, vs. Kansas, 1/18/93
6. 13,580, vs. Oklahoma, 2/19/94
7. 13,573, vs. Missouri, 2/8/90
8. 13,553, vs. Kansas, 2/12/94
9. 13,536, vs. Okla. State, 2/25/89
10. 13,520, vs. Nebraska, 3/3/90

Kansas State has posted a 246-88 (.721) all-time mark in its current home, including an emotional 81-77 victory over Purdue in the facility’s opener on Nov. 26, 1988.  The Wildcats tallied the highest winning percentage (14-2; .875) in the arena's history in 2007-08, while setting the mark for the most wins with 16 in 2008-09.  The team has collected a 45-8 record at home over the past three seasons, including an 18-6 mark in Big 12 play.  The 45 wins rank fourth among all Big 12 schools in that span, while the 18 league victories are only surpassed by Kansas (23) and Texas (21).

In all, the program has earned double-digit victories in 16 of its 21 season in Bramlage Coliseum, including a current streak of eight consecutive seasons.  The squad has a 105-31 record at home, including a 65-7 mark in non-conference action, since the 2001-02 season for an average of just over 13 home wins (13.1) per season. 

Victories over ranked teams have also been a staple at Bramlage Coliseum since its opening with 17 ranked foes falling to Kansas State, including eight top-10 opponents.  Among the top-10 teams to fall on the Bramlage hardwood include No. 7 Missouri in 1988-89, No. 1 Missouri and No. 3 Oklahoma before nationally-televised audiences on ESPN in 1989-90, No. 6 Missouri in 1991-92, No. 9 Oklahoma State in 2001-02, No. 10 Texas also on national television on ESPN in 2003-04 and No. 2 Kansas and No. 10 Texas A&M in 2007-08.  During the 2007-08 season, the Wildcats became just the second team to record two upsets of top-10 opponents, including the first in the arena over rival and eventual national champion Kansas.

In just 21 seasons, Bramlage Coliseum has also played host to some of the biggest crowds in the history of K-State basketball, a program that is accustomed to playing in front of big crowds.  In 2007-08, the Wildcats ranked 25th nationall and fourth among Big 12 teams in attendance with an average of 12,529 fans.  The team's total attendance (209,123) was the highest in school history, while its average was the second-highest, just behind the 12,978 who attended during the inaugural season in 1988-89.  The program also set the school record with nine sellouts, including seven in Big 12 play.  In all, the arena has hosted seven of the 10 largest crowds in school history, including a record 13,762 for the Kansas game on Feb. 22, 1992.

While carrying on the tradition, Bramlage Coliseum has also pointed K-State in a new direction. The Wildcats now play in one of the most beautiful and modern facilities in the country.  A multi-million dollar renovation greeted fans in 2007-08, as the department offered premium luxury seating for the first time ever with the addition of loge boxes to the top of the arena.  The 4, 6 and 8-seat luxury suite configurations are appointed with granite countertops, cherry wood cabinetry for food and drink storage, refrigerator, carpet and comfortable seating and one television monitor for every two seats in the box.  In 2006-07, the department added 25 courtside seats to the east side of the court and that number increased to 29 in 2007-08.  The renovations reduced capacity to 12,528.

Bramlage Coliseum is at the cornerstone of the athletic department's largest and most aggressive campaign in its history - a $70 million facility initiative consisting of two primary phases.  The plan includes a practice facilitiy, new lockerrooms and coaching offices for the men's and women's basketball teams and weight training and sports medicine areas.  The plan also calls for a Wildcat Experience and Hall of Fame as well as a relocated and expanded ticket office.   

The first major renovation of the arena occurred in time for the 2000-01 season, as $2.5 million (in cooperation with Action Sports Media of Portland, Ore.) in improvements were made to both the seating area and concourse to make the building more fan-friendly.  Inside the arena, fans enjoy a new four-sided scoreboard above the arena, complete with video panels on all four sides. The renovations included a new sound system, three-sided shot clocks and matrix boards added to the top of the Coliseum.  On the concourse, fans are welcomed by four trophy cases highlighting historical moments in K-State athletics, as well as 98 plaques depicting outstanding K-State teams, players and moments from all sports.

The coliseum is named for the late 1935 KSU graduate and Junction City (Kan.) businessman Fred Bramlage, who made the original and principle contribution. The building was constructed at a cost of $17.2 million and was built in a 22-month period beginning in October of 1986. Financial backing, which began taking shape in 1979, came from a number of contributions, including $7 million from the student body and a matching figure from alumni. Unlike its predecessor, Ahearn Field House (built for $2 million in 1950), state monies were not used for Bramlage Coliseum.

Mr. Bramlage was on hand Oct. 18, 1986, to break ground on the new facility. Other dignitaries included then-Governor John Carlin and former K-State President Jon Wefald.

“What we begin here today will add to the glory and reputation of K-State,” Bramlage said at the ceremony. “My hope is that this coliseum will inspire people to come together around teams in the spirit of cooperation.” On that same day, Art Loub, Director of the Kansas State Foundation, said, “If it were not for Fred Bramlage, this day would not be a reality. This is a tribute to the dedication and resourcefulness of one individual.”

Mild winters helped construction crews finish the project nearly two months ahead of schedule. Most of the athletics offices were moved from Ahearn to Bramlage in September of 1988. Those offices now housed in the coliseum include the office of the athletics director and most of the administrative offices and the men’s basketball offices. Locker rooms for the men’s and women’s teams are located at ground level. They include a spacious dressing area, a player lounge and additional space to view film.

The addition of Bramlage Coliseum to the north side of campus gives Kansas State one of the finest all-around athletic venues in the country. Bill Snyder Stadium at Wagner Field, the Football Indoor Facility, Frank Myers Baseball Field at Tointon Family Stadium, R.V. Christian Track, Washburn Tennis Complex and the Brandeberry Indoor Complex are all within walking distance.