Posted Oct 18, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State basketball players of the future are gaining a new $20 million training facility that will be located on the east side of Bramlage Coliseum.

The 50,000 square foot structure will include practice gyms, player lounges, meetings rooms and new coaching offices.

An exact date for breaking ground has not been announced as the department continues to gain the funding through donations.

There were dunks, and speeches, and dancing cheerleaders, but highlighting the “Madness in Manhattan” opening to the college basketball season Friday night in Bramlage Coliseum was the announcement of Kansas State’s new basketball training facility.

“This is not just about a building,” said Athletics Director John Currie. “This is about a once-in-a-generation opportunity to leverage our strengths – a championship heritage and a passionate fan base, coupled with unprecedented national excitement and visibility. This project marks a moment in time that will springboard our basketball programs back into a permanent leadership position in intercollegiate athletics.”

The $20 million facility will include 50,000 square feet for the men’s and women’s basketball training, and will be located on the east side of Bramlage Coliseum.

The project, led by the world-renowned sports design firm Populous, will cover every daily facility need for Wildcat coaches and student-athletes and provide amenities such as two full-length practice courts, new coaching offices that overlook the practice courts, locker rooms for both programs, coaches and player lounges, meeting rooms, a sports medicine area with hydrotherapy facility, a state-of-the-art weight room, an atrium lobby with viewing deck and perhaps most importantly, a private and consistent practice location.

“The thought of providing our young men with a state-of-the-art facility gets me excited,” said men’s coach Frank Martin.

“Assisting our student-athletes with first class facilities, along with the ability to maximize their growth is what the K-State experience is about. This facility will allow our basketball program to continue to compete and solidify who we will be 20 years from now.”

Women’s coach Deb Patterson added, “I look forward to seeing the joy and pride in our players’ eyes each day as they walk into a first-class facility comparable with those of our Big 12 peers. What I am most thrilled about is that our players will have full-time access to an awesome and much needed multi-basket court and this facility will open a tremendous door of opportunity for individual player and team development.”

And, the players were equally excited about the new facility.

"This facility will provide a great opportunity for players like me to have a chance to develop at any time of the day and not be limited to only one court,” said preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Jacob Pullen.

“Having the chance to compete with other conference schools not just athletically, but also with our facilities, will help in all aspects of the program."

From the women’s side, sophomore Brittany Chambers added, "We're excited about this addition to Bramlage and the construction of a practice facility! As a player, having added resources and gym availability will allow my teammates and I to keep improving our game and help the K-State women’s' basketball program continue to be a premier women's basketball team."

Approximately $12 million has currently been pledged towards the project, and according to Associate Athletics Director for Capital Support Laird Veatch, the immediate goal is to reach the $15 million mark prior to commencing with construction to keep in line with the department’s focus on fiscal responsibility.

“The opportunity now is for the Wildcat family to be a part of the future of K-State basketball and continue to participate together in making this project a reality,” Currie added.

“Let’s take this step forward together and plant that purple Powercat flag as a statement that Kansas State will be a leader in intercollegiate athletics.”

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