MANHATTAN, Kan. – Thanks to the loyal support of the K-State Nation, highlighted by lead gifts from the Tointon, Edgerley, Sunderland and John Vanier families, Athletics Director Gene Taylor announced today that the department has reached its fundraising goal for the new baseball and soccer facility campaign with groundbreaking ceremonies for each to follow in the coming months.
A total of $13 million, which surpassed the original fundraising goal of $10 million set back in October, has been raised for the campaign with the remaining $2 million of the total $15 million project being paid through department revenues and resources.
The renovation of Tointon Family Stadium will begin with a groundbreaking ceremony on May 11 when the Wildcats host KU, while the soccer project will break ground October 12, when the Wildcats host Texas Tech in a Big 12 soccer match. The exterior portion of the soccer stadium and baseball clubhouse is expected to be completed in July 2019, with the interior of both projects wrapping up by December 31, 2019.
“Thanks to the generosity of some of our dedicated donors and the entire K-State Nation, we are excited to move forward and break ground on these two very important facility projects,” said Taylor. “Our goal is to provide our coaches and student-athletes with the resources and facilities they need to win championships, in addition to improving upon the experience our fans have at games, and this project certainly will accomplish that.”
The Tointon Family Stadium portion of the project will consist of exterior upgrades to the facility, including a new facade and roof, as well as construction of an expansive new clubhouse along the third-base grandstand. The clubhouse will house on the ground level a spacious lounge, locker room and team meeting room for the student-athletes, a sports medicine and rehabilitation area, a fueling station for student-athletes and renovated space for equipment and laundry. On the level above, new coaches offices and meeting space will overlook the field.
The soccer stadium, which will be built on the site of the existing temporary facility, will provide not only a larger and more comfortable seating area for fans along with concessions and restrooms, but also locker room, lounge, sports medicine and strength and conditioning spaces for the Wildcat team in addition to office space for coaches, equipment storage and laundry areas.
The project, led by BG Consultants, will be funded without incurring any long-term debt and without any state tax or university funds. Any outstanding construction costs above the fundraising goal will be funded through department revenues and resources.