Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium is a stadium in Manhattan, Kansas. It is used for American football, and is the field of the Kansas State University Wildcats football team. It is named after the family of head coach Bill Snyder, over the past 25 seasons – from 1990 through the 2015 season – K-State is 139–35–1 at home. The stadium has a capacity of 50,000. Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium opened as KSU Stadium in 1968 and it was the replacement for the on-campus Memorial Stadium, which hosted Kansas State football games since 1922. The first game played at the new stadium was on September 21,1968 – Kansas State shut out Colorado State 21-0, in 1970,4,000 permanent bleacher seats were added to the east side and 3,000 temporary seats on the west side. Also that year, an AstroTurf playing field was installed in place of natural grass, over the next two decades, the stadium received only periodic updates. First, the turf was replaced in 1980 with a product called Superturf. In 1988, the end of the stadium was partially enclosed when the new Bramlage Coliseum was completed. A large reception room inside the coliseum now overlooks the end of the stadium. Finally, prior to the 1991 season, another new artificial playing surface was installed and the playing field was named Wagner Field for the Dave and Carol Wagner family of Dodge City, Kansas. In 1993, on its 25th anniversary, KSU Stadium saw its first significant permanent addition – a five-level press box and luxury suites on the west side of the field, named the Dev Nelson press box. Prior to the 2002 season, the turf was updated to a more cushioned FieldTurf surface at a cost of $800,000. The renovation also included new audio and visual electronics and a new hydrotherapy center, although new permanent seating was added, the athletic department actually lowered the stadiums official seating capacity to 50,000 following the renovation. After the 2010 season the field was replaced with artificial gameday turf, additional renovations unveiled for the 2011 season included the addition of concessions and restrooms in the east side upper deck. The most significant addition to the stadium since its construction was the West Side Stadium Center, a $90 million project, which opened for the 2013 season. The project was led by design firm AECOM, out of Kansas City. K-State broke ground on the prior to the 2012 Spring Game
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The main entrance to the West Side Stadium Center, with statue of Bill Snyder.
Kansas State vs Stephen F. Austin on August 30, 2014
The stadium as it appeared in 2006, with the former Dev Nelson press box on the left, and former Vanier complex at center (both subsequently demolished and replaced).