Kansas State has taken a step toward the completion of previously proposed renovations to Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
The school announced it has raised $9 million toward a $15-million project that will expand the concourse around the northeast side of the stadium, fully enclosing the field for the first time. Renovations will also include the addition of a video board on the northeast corner, which will mirror the one on the northwest side, as well as a permanent locker room for visiting teams.
K-State’s announcement comes four days after the school dedicated the new Vanier Family Football Complex. The $68-million facility includes a new football locker room, weight room and theater room, as well as offices for coaches and administrators.
The next round of renovations was originally included in the Vanier expansion, but K-State decided to separate them into a second phase. K-State athletic director John Currie has expressed cautious optimism that Phase II could be completed in time for the 2016 football season.
K-State has already received lead gifts from prominent donors Carl and Mary Ice, as well as former receiver Jordy Nelson, now with the Green Bay Packers.
The project will be paid for by K-State donors without the use of state tax or university funds.
“I am so very proud of and grateful for the amazing support base that we have to provide the resources to complete this new addition to the Vanier Family Football Complex,” coach Bill Snyder said in a release. “As I have felt and stated, we are about people who care about people. And a special thank you to the athletics department staff for their hard work in raising the funds to make it happen.”