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Kansas State Says Stadium Renovations Ahead Of Schedule; Premium Ticket Sales Doing Well

Rising steel prices sent construction costs over the original $75M projection
Renovations to Kansas State Univ.'s Bill Snyder Family Stadium are "ahead of schedule" and expected be completed in time for the football season opener against North Dakota State on Aug. 30, according to Kellis Robinett of the K.C. STAR. The majority of the project is "naked steel frames." The "massive cranes that hovered over the stadium during early stages of construction are gone, and the structure’s frame is in place." When construction is complete, KSU will "have a state-of-the-art press box and luxury suites than span the length of the field and offers fans added club-level seating, suites, wider terraces, larger restrooms, brighter lights, a Hall of Honor and much more space to meet and move around during games." Construction was "projected to cost" $75M. But KSU AD John Currie said that the school will "exceed that number because of the rising cost of steel and K-State’s desire to add extras onto the project." Maintaining the new press box also will "require more personnel, which will raise the athletic department staff from about 130 to 150." Meanwhile, ticket sales for new luxury options are "doing well." Boosters "long ago reserved the 41 private suites, but loge boxes and club-level seats are still selling." Construction will continue "at a furious pace through August." Workers are scheduled to "complete the facility’s roof Wednesday and the building’s exterior on Aug. 1" (K.C. STAR, 4/26).

VIDEO GAME: In Cedar Rapids, Marc Morehouse notes the Univ. of Iowa is "working through the state Board of Regents on a new video display and sound system for Kinnick Stadium." The school has "centered on" Daktronics for the project "at a total cost" of $8M. The project includes a "large screen video display system within the existing south end zone structure, video displays in the northeast and northwest end zone corners and a ribbon display to be installed above the seating along the north side." That ribbon display will "show game information, video, scores and advertising." In addition to those "four video displays, the purchase request also includes two game clocks and four play clocks" (Cedar Rapids GAZETTE, 4/26).
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