Beginning in 1968, the place now known as Bill Snyder Family Stadium has not just served as the home of Kansas State University Football, but as a special part of our community and culture.
Since Coach Snyder arrived in Manhattan in 1989 to begin the "Greatest Turnaround in College Football History," six million fans have cheered the Wildcats to national prominence on Dave Wagner Field, witnessing wins over all Big 12 foes and traditional powers such as USC and UCLA, and of course the magical season resulting in the 2003 Big 12 Championship.
Now Bill Snyder Family Stadium is more than just a place to play football games. It is the platform from which our University is beamed throughout the country on national television. It is the engine that not only drives K-State's $52 million annual athletic budget benefiting 16 teams and 444 student-athletes but indeed serves as a catalyst driving economic development in the Flint Hills region.
And, as Coach Snyder is oft to remind us, it is about the K-State Family, a Family which truly is open and accessible to all the people of Kansas and the tens of thousands of friends and alumni who have come from across the nation and the world to become "K-Staters" for life.
As we rally behind President Schulz's visionary "K-State 2025" plan to vault the institution into the ranks of the nation's top 50 public research universities, it is time to examine the future of Bill Snyder Family Stadium and take the right steps to ensure that our Family's home is one that not only meets the 21st century needs of the program but also reflects the image of progress, growth and excellence of Kansas State University and Manhattan.
The outline of the future of Bill Snyder Family Stadium contained within these pages is not intended to be static but rather a dynamic and ever-evolving blueprint for our future... a future we are determined to include championships both academically and athletically, a leadership position in big-time college football and a model intercollegiate athletics program.
Director of Athletics