Kansas State University to Break Ground on New Basketball Training Facility

February 25, 2011

Kansas State University has a tradition of excellence in both its men’s and women’s basketball programs. This weekend, that success will be represented during a ceremonial groundbreaking of the university’s new Basketball Training Facility project.

When designing the facility, Populous envisioned a building that would not only symbolize the future of K-State basketball, but also represent the rich tradition of great Wildcat teams and venues of the past.

“As a life-long Kansan and proud K-State alumnus, I have a strong personal connection to this project,” said Rick Martin, Populous’ principal in charge of the facility’s design.“It’s very important to me that our design pay tribute to KSU’s strong basketball heritage, while providing a setting for the student-athletes and coaches that is worthy of the university’s high aspirations as an elite national program.”

Upon completion in May 2012, the Basketball Training Facility will provide K-State’s basketball programs with a private and consistent practice location. The building 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 and an atrium lobby with viewing deck.

K-State coaches Frank Martin and Deb Patterson both see this project as a major developmental resource for program
and individual-player growth as well as a recruiting tool that will complement the university.

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

“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,” Patterson said. “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.”

For further information please contact:
Gina Stingley at Populous
Telephone: 816 221 1500
Email media@populous.com 


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