Aug. 18, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Construction on the $75 million West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium is fully underway, and fans attending K-State football games this season will quickly notice major changes to the west side of the facility.
Approaching the stadium, fans will first see the two massive cranes towering over the complex. But upon closer inspection it’s what’s not there any longer that constitutes the biggest change to date in the construction timeline of the West Stadium Center.
Earlier this week, the building on the south end that housed Cat’s Closet, First Aid and men’s and women’s restrooms was demolished. On the north end, the television truck compound has been relocated to a site adjacent to the Vanier Football Complex. In addition, the temporary aluminum bleachers behind Sections 2, 8 and 9, and the old handicap seating bunkers have been removed. New seating for disabled patrons is being built behind Sections 3 and 7.
The only facilities that will remain through the 2012 season are the Dev Nelson Press box and the original men’s and women’s restroom buildings and concession stands. To supplement the restrooms lost on the west side, Bramlage Coliseum will be open during games through the northwest entrance so fans may utilize restrooms and concessions on the arena concourse. In addition, temporary restrooms will also be placed along the west Bramlage sidewalk for the convenience of fans.
Cat’s Closet will still be open for fans wishing to purchase K-State souvenirs. A large tent will be erected on the same site as the former structure.
Entrance gates B, C, D, F and H on the west side of the stadium will remain open for this season, although Gate A has been removed during the construction of the north concourse. Fans who utilized that entrance coming from the north side of the stadium or from the Vanier Football Complex parking lot will need to enter through any of the west-side gates.
“Seeing the progress being made at the stadium is not only exciting but reaffirms the commitment and support of Wildcat Nation in making this project a reality,” said Athletics Director John Currie. “We appreciate the patience and understanding of our fans this season as construction continues throughout the fall, but the final product will be something special that all K-Staters will truly enjoy.”
As the season progresses, the stadium will continue to transform. It is anticipated by mid-October that steel structures for the north and south sections of the West Stadium Center will begin to take shape. Shortly after the season finale against Texas on December 1, the remaining structures on the west side will be demolished and the center section of the project will be constructed and connected to the north and south towers.
When completed in time for the 2013 football season, the West Stadium Center will feature superior amenities for all K-State fans. New concessions and restrooms along with an enhanced ticket office will replace the current west side facilities, which were originally built in 1968. Additionally, a new souvenir store and Hall of Honor will be included on the main concourse level.
The seven-story facility built of K-State limestone will serve as the northwest gateway to campus and feature the unique Tailgate Terrace for entertaining on gameday and a dining hall to serve the daily dietary needs of all K-State student-athletes.
There will be four levels of outdoor premium seating – loge, club and suite. These seats will have the best sight lines in college football and will be the premier seating area for Wildcat fans. All suite, loge and club season-ticket holders will enjoy an all-inclusive food and beverage experience in the spacious lounges located behind each seating area.
On the top level of the West Stadium Center will be a state-of-the art media and operations center for the stadium, as well as the new permanent home for the K-State Athletics Communications and K-StateHD.TV broadcast offices.
The contracted architects for the West Stadium Center are AECOM with design support from Heery Design. Construction managers are GE Johnson Construction Company and Mortenson Construction.
K-State opens the 2012 season at 6 p.m., September 1 against Missouri State. The season opener is sold out, but a very limited number of seats remain for the North Texas, KU, Oklahoma State and Texas games while great seats are still available for the highly-anticipated matchup with Miami on September 8 and the October 27 Homecoming game with Texas Tech.
To purchase tickets fans can visit the ticket office online at www.kstatesports.com, call the ticket office by phone at (800) 221-CATS, or purchase in person at the Bramlage Coliseum Ticket Office between 8:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.