Thanks to the generosity and leadership of K-Staters world-wide, Kansas State will officially move forward and break ground on the West Stadium Center project at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on April 28 prior the 2012 Purple/White game.
The ceremonial shovel turning, featuring President Kirk Schulz, Athletics Director John Currie, head football coach Bill Snyder, and other special guests, will be held at approximately 11:30 a.m. on the west side of the stadium.
Fundraising momentum for the West Stadium Center continues to move forward at an encouraging pace. Wildcat fans have demonstrated their enthusiasm for the project by committing to contributions for all of the private suites available in the new West Stadium Center.
With the Club/Loge Seat campaign now underway, over $40 million in funding has been secured towards the $75 million estimated full project cost.
"The excitement and passion of the Wildcat Nation regarding the West Stadium Center campaign has been phenomenal, and we appreciate the support of K-Staters world-wide in the fundraising aspect of this project," said Athletics Director John Currie.
"This transformational project will not only enhance the world-class student-athlete experience for our students-athletes but also further impact on our goal of providing the best fan experience in the Big 12. We have made tremendous progress and are excited to officially break ground and move forward with the project."
K-State is excited to announce the latest and largest commitment to the project - a $5 million anonymous pledge. In an effort to keep the momentum going and inspire others to step forward with their philanthropic support to allow this critical project to proceed on schedule, this $5 million contribution was pledged as a "challenge" gift to be matched with an additional $5 million in pledges by June 30, 2012.
K-State needs Wildcat fans to be a part of this pivotal step in helping K-State remain a national leader in college athletics. Every contribution makes a difference, from the high-end premium seating opportunities to general project gifts of any amount.
In addition to all of this exciting fundraising activity, a great deal of behind-the-scenes work is being done by department staff along with the official architects - AE COM and Heery Design - and Construction Managers GE Johnson and Mortenson Construction. The Conceptual Design and Schematic Design are complete with Design Development phase and construction documents in process.
Construction efforts will take place over the summer months, focusing on the north and south end towers and continue through the 2012 football season, with the current press box remaining until demolition is scheduled after the final home game.
The West Stadium Center, Phase Two of a Six Phase master plan for Bill Snyder Family Stadium, will feature a massive new west-side structure that is considered pivotal in maintaining and securing K-State's competitive future. It will enhance the overall experience of both K-State student-athletes and fans and provide a Northwest Gateway to the K-State campus that will connect the athletics complex to our historic campus while serving as a point of pride to K-Staters for generations. Phase One of the master plan was completed prior to the 2011 season with the addition of new restrooms to the east-side upper deck and a new AstroTurf infill playing surface on Wagner Field.
"This new gateway to Kansas State University sends a message to what a remarkable university we have," said Snyder. "We have a tremendous environment for our student-athletes and all of our students, and this truly shows how it all ties together with this amazing community that we have. We are all one family, which permeates the entire university, our fan base and our wonderful student body and faculty."
The approximate 250,000 gross square-foot facility will provide enhanced amenities for Wildcat fans and student-athletes, while replacing the stadium's original facilities built in 1969 and the Dev Nelson Press Box opened in 1993. The new structure will benefit each and every fan and include expansive concession and restroom facilities, new ticket office and K-State retail locations, a K-State Hall of Honor within a large main concourse, a student-athlete dining hall, new club and loge seats as well as additional premium suites and a new press/media level. Most importantly, the structure will provide a more accessible, safe and secure environment for all Wildcat and visiting families and fans.