Picturesque Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium (formerly KSU Stadium) will host its 32nd season (2001) of Wildcat football this fall and has been the home of K-States 57-5-1 home record since 1990. Set on the north end of campus, KSU Stadium and the Vanier Football Complex have undergone a multi-million dollar renovation that have made them one of the premier football facilities in the Midwest.
Originally built at a cost of $1.6 million and financed from student fees, athletics gate receipts and contributions, KSU Stadium opened its doors Sept. 21, 1968, with a 21-0 shutout of Colorado State. The original seating capacity was set at 35,000, and an expansion in the summer of 1970 added 4,000 permanent bleachers on the east side and 3,000 temporary bleachers on the west side. Following the 1998 season, the addition of a deck and sky suites on the east side of the stadium increased capacity to more than 50,000. On Oct. 9, 1999, 52,254 fans, the largest crowd to ever witness a sporting event in the state of Kansas, watched the Wildcats beat Kansas 50-9 to hold on to the Governors Cup for the seventh straight year.
Below is a rundown of the other facelifts that have been added during the 31-year history of KSU Stadium:
1970: A statewide fund-raising drive in the spring raised $250,000 for the installation of Astroturf, replacing the original natural grass.
1972: The office/dressing room complex at the north end of the stadium was added. It houses all the K-State football offices and has dressing facilities for the Wildcats and their opponents.
1980: New artificial turf was installed prior to the 1980 season.
1983: Permanent stadium lights were added allowing the Wildcats to play night games.
1987: An addition to the office/dressing room complex was made in the summer of 1987, which provided more dressing and training room facilities.
1989-1992: A $2 million renovation project was undertaken to revamp the entire football complex. The result is one of the most spectacular football complexes in the country, complete with plush locker rooms, a 6,500-square foot weight room, state of the art classrooms equipped with the latest video equipment, a training room, a players lounge and the picturesque Big Eight Room. The structure now carries the title Vanier Football Complex in honor of the Vanier family of Brookville, Kan.
1991: New Astroturf was laid down prior to the 1991 season, and the field was named Wagner Field in honor of Dave and Carol Wagner of Dodge City, Kan.
1993: K-State put the finishing touches on its facility improvements with a $3.3 million five-level press box, including sky suites, and a $2.2 million full-length indoor facility.
1996: The $1 million Academic Learning Center became a part of the Vanier Complex, hosting study facilities for all K-State student-athletes. A $2.6 million project added a 20x26 foot JumboTron Screen, new scoreboards and marquis messageboard to the complex.
1999: Following the 1998 season, KSU Stadium underwent a $12.8 million expansion project. An additional 8,000 permanent seats were added, including a club seating area and 31 additional sky suites. The project raised the total capacity of KSU Stadium to over 50,000 with temporary seating.
Note: Prior to the opening of KSU Stadium, the Wildcats played in Memorial Stadium, which opened in 1924 and still stands on the main campus. Kansas States first football home was on a site that is now Bluemont Elementary School (a few blocks east of campus). The first grandstand for that facility was hoisted in the early 1900s by 1890 KSU graduate and Manhattan lumberyard owner Emil Pfuetz.
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RENOVATION MONEY APPROVED FOR KANSAS STATE
September 23, 2010
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Manhattan, Kans. - The Kansas Board of Regents approved a request by Kansas State
University to use bonds to fund a $50 million renovation to Bill Snyder Family Stadium, according to the Kansas City Star.
K-State hopes to start the improvement project following the conclusion of the 2011 football season with the design phase to begin soon.
An architect will be selected this fall so that design can be completed next summer.
The K-State basketball practice facility still remains the top priority for the athletic department with money being raised through private donations due it not being a revenue-generated project, the newspaper reported.
It is anticipated that the practice facilities will be constructed on the east side of Bramlage Coliseum.
K-STATE PLANS STADIUM EXPANSION
January 12, 2012
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Manhattan, Kans. - Kansas State University has announced a$75 million expansion plan to the
West side of Snyder Family Stadium, according to the Wichita Eagle.
The Wildcats' current press box, a five-level structure built in 1993, ranks among the smallest in the Big 12. Designs for their new 250,000 gross square feet press compete with most current structures across the league and resembles Texas Tech's stadium in size and appearance, the newspaper said.
"There have been significant moments in Kansas State University's history from an athletic facility perspective and significant steps taken forward periodically," athletic director John Currie said. "We are clearly at a point in our history where we need to take the same step with our football stadium."
Currie said he is optimistic K-State can begin construction on the project before the start of the 2012 regular season. His staff has already raised approximately one third of the money needed for the project. Once funds reach the halfway mark, K-State will begin construction. Currie said crews will work around the current facility in a way that will not interrupt its use.
When the expansion is complete, K-State will benefit from 40 luxury suites, 36 club boxes and 800 club-level seats. Fans will also have a "Hall of Honor" and a new ticket office and athletics store to walk through on the main concourse.