Renovations Could Elevate Kansas State's Stadium To Upper Echelon Of Big 12
Kansas State's Bill Snyder Family Stadium, once all phases of its renovation are complete, "could arguably be one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the Big 12," according to Joshua Kinder of the MANHATTAN MERCURY. The second phase -- the $75M construction of the West Stadium Center -- "began last fall and included the demolition of the old press box and suites following the football season." It was "just finished" Aug. 21, nine days ahead of tomorrow's opener against North Dakota State. The "major undertaking included the addition of a student-athlete dining hall, a K-State athletics hall of fame, new ticket office, new restrooms and concessions, new team store, enhanced field lighting and the addition of increased-revenue suites." The third phase, which is "still under development, is set to include a new strength and conditioning center, recruiting lounge for prospects and their families, a new video and sound system and a limestone wall around the field to replace the current chain-link fencing." Construction of "potential condominium and retail space highlights the fourth phase." Phase five is "set to include additional seating and an elevated walkway that connects the east and west sides concourses of the stadium." This phase also "includes new seating in the north and south end zones and a possible reconfiguring of the corner seating of the stadium" (MANHATTAN MERCURY, 8/25).