Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor spent halftime of the Kansas State vs. Mississippi State game in the press box and spoke to the media about Friday’s announcement regarding a facilities upgrade.
The Master Plan 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 project. The hope is to complete the project in 10 to 15 years.
Taylor said, “You know we feel it covers a lot of ground. It’s comprehensive. Now I’ve got to figure out which part of that we’ll start to fundraise for.”
When asked about the importance of a project like this, Taylor added, “Well, just looking at what’s going on around the country. That’s the one message I got when I met with our donors last year was that they have seen the impact of our current facilities and they see how it helps our program and they’re coming to me saying, ‘we’re not stopping, right?’ So we’ve got a lot more to do.”
Taylor was also questioned about the possibility of selling beer at games, like Texas, West Virginia and Oklahoma State do, but said it’s not in the immediate plans. “Not any time soon. I’ve talked about it before and it’s something we’ll consider down the road and we’ll monitor more than anything… the feedback I got initially when I talked back to the Big 12 was not real supportive, so it’s probably not something we’re going to rush into.”