Kansas State's athletics department proposes to spend $85 million renovating Bramlage Coliseum, $24.5 million on new football practice facilities and $17.5 million building a new volleyball arena as part of a $210 million master plan the university hopes to complete in 10 to 15 years, athletic director Gene Taylor announced Friday.
Funding for the 10 projects, which are intended to benefit all 16 K-State sports, will come "primarily through philanthropic gifts from the K-State Family," the university indicated in its news release. K-State won't announce construction plans until it raises funds for each project.
Taylor said architecture and engineering firm HOK consulted on the master plan. HOK officials and K-State senior associate AD Jeremy Niederwerder solicited feedback by interviewing every sport's coaches and other support staffers.
"Our goal is to provide our teams the best facilities they need to compete for championships while doing so in a manner that makes sense for K-State, both financially and practically,” Taylor said.
K-State already has begun a $20 million baseball/soccer renovation as well as a $4 million overhaul of RV Christian Track, making the total cost of athletic upgrades in excess of $230 million.
Projects proposed Friday include:
• $85 million for Bramlage Coliseum. Enhancements would include a new west-side entry plaza to the Wildcats' basketball arena as well as a mid-level concourse and sideline club area with tiered chairback seating. Other amenities could include a hall of fame and expanded team store. More office space also could be added.
• $29 million to install new club/suite premium seating, expanded event space and video boards to the south end zone and south corners of Snyder Family Stadium. Restrooms and concessions areas also would be upgraded.
• $24.5 million for a new indoor football practice facility on the east side of Snyder Family Stadium as well as a new outdoor practice field. The practice facility, featuring a limestone exterior that would match architecture throughout K-State's campus, would be accessible to the Vanier Complex and stadium.
• $17.5 million for a new volleyball arena that would accommodate as many as 3,500 fans. The building would feature new locker rooms, staff offices, training spaces and a team theater.
• $14.5 million for a new indoor tennis facility that would feature six courts, spectator seating, locker rooms and offices.
• $13 million for a new Olympic performance training facility that would be adjacent to the volleyball arena. The training facility would offer a strength and conditioning center, sports medicine, locker rooms, team rooms, equipment and storage for Olympic sport teams.
• $12 million for a renovated indoor facility that would serve the track and field programs. The current indoor facility would be restructured as a practice and competition facility for indoor track and field, featuring a new track surface, enhanced lobby, team spaces and an upgraded exterior.
• $5.5 million for a new soccer practice pavilion that would provide covered practice space for the women's soccer team and other sports.
• $4.5 million for a men's and women's golf complex at Colbert Hills. The complex would provide hitting bays, locker rooms and coaches' offices.
• $4.5 million for renovations of Brandenberry Indoor Complex.