Plans for Basketball Training Facility Unveiled

Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Jacob Pullen

Oct. 15, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. – In an exciting glimpse into the future, the K-State Athletics Department released plans for a new basketball training facility project Friday evening at the programs’ Madness in Manhattan event.

“This is not just about a building,” said Athletics Director John Currie. “This is about a once-in-a-generation opportunity to leverage our strengths – a championship heritage and a passionate fan base, coupled with unprecedented national excitement and visibility. This project marks a moment in time that will springboard our basketball programs back into a permanent leadership position in intercollegiate athletics.”

The approximately 50,000 square-foot facility, constructed in K-State limestone at a projected cost of $20 million, will be located on the east side of Bramlage Coliseum and provide both the men’s and women’s basketball programs an all-inclusive and efficient training facility.

The project, led by the world-renowned sports design firm Populous,  will cover every daily facility need for Wildcat coaches and student-athletes and provide amenities such as two full-length practice courts, new coaching offices that overlook the practice courts, locker rooms for both programs, coaches and player lounges, meeting rooms, a sports medicine area with hydrotherapy facility, a state-of-the-art weight room, an atrium lobby with viewing deck and perhaps most importantly, a private and consistent practice location.

"Building a new basketball training facility is yet another way that K-State is moving toward the top 50 of the nation's public universities with the K-State 2025 initiative,” said K-State President Kirk Schulz. “I appreciate the leadership of our donors and applaud the innovative thinking of John Currie, our athletics director, and our great head coaches, Frank Martin and Deb Patterson."

Martin and Patterson both see this project as a major developmental resource for program and individual player growth as well as a recruiting tool that will complement K-State’s unparalleled gameday atmosphere, ideal college town and world-class University experience.

“The thought of providing our young men with a state-of-the-art facility gets me excited,” Martin said. “Assisting our student-athletes with first class facilities, along with the ability to maximize their growth is what the K-State experience is about. This facility will allow our basketball program to continue to compete and solidify who we will be 20 years from now.”

“I look forward to seeing the joy and pride in our players’ eyes each day as they walk into a first-class facility comparable with those of our Big 12 peers,” Patterson said. “What I am most thrilled about is that our players will have full-time access to an awesome and much needed multi-basket court and this facility will open a tremendous door of opportunity for individual player and team development.”

There is still a need for Wildcat fans to contribute and be a part of this pivotal step in helping K-State remain a national leader in college basketball. Approximately $12 million has currently been pledged towards the project, and according to Associate Athletics Director for Capital Support Laird Veatch, the immediate goal is to reach the $15 million mark prior to commencing with construction to keep in line with the department’s focus on fiscal responsibility.

“The opportunity now is for the Wildcat family to be a part of the future of K-State basketball and continue to participate together in making this project a reality,” Currie added. “Let’s take this step forward together and plant that purple Powercat flag as a statement that Kansas State will be a leader in intercollegiate athletics.”

More details, including photos, a video tour and information on how to contribute, are available at www.k-statesports.com/trainingfacility.

                                                       
What Others Are Saying:

"This facility will provide a great opportunity for players like me to have a chance to develop at any time of the day and not be limited to only one court. Having the chance to compete with other conference schools not just athletically, but also with our facilities, will help in all aspects of the program."
  -- Point Guard Jacob Pullen

"We're excited about this addition to Bramlage and the construction of a practice facility! As a player, having added resources and gym availability will allow my teammates and I to keep improving our game and help the K-State women’s' basketball program continue to be a premier women's basketball team."
  -- Point Guard Brittany Chambers

"Kansas State has been blessed with a great basketball coliseum, but it was built as a multi-purpose facility and limited for practice development. NOW, we have the opportunity to add a training facility that will keep the great basketball tradition alive at Kansas State!"
  -- Mr. K-State Ernie Barrett