Photo Blog: Construction at Snyder Family Stadium progressing ahead of schedule

Construction at Bill Snyder Family Stadium is ahead of schedule, and you can already see the progress that has been made on the new football press box.

Kansas State athletic director John Currie took a handful of media members on a tour of the stadium, which is currently undergoing a $75 million renovation. When construction is complete, K-State will have a state-of-the-art press box that spans the length of the football field and offers fans added club-level seating, suites, wider concourses, larger restrooms and much more space to meet and move around during games.

I took photos from every level and angle of the new structure, but before we get to them here are a few noteworthy items about the stadium construction:

– Construction costs will exceed the original $75 million price tag, Currie said, because of the rising cost of steel and K-State’s desire to add a few extras onto the project during construction.

– Every area of the renovation will be ready for use in time for the season-opener on August 30. But student athletes won’t be able to use the new training table, where many athletes eat dinner, on a full-time basis until January.

– Only 150 club-level seats remain available for the upcoming season. Currie said those sales are well ahead of projections.

– The stadium’s new lighting system will be twice as bright as it was last season.

– K-State will need to hire several new workers to help maintain the press box after it is completed. Currie is expecting the athletic department’s staff to rise from about 130 to 150.

Now, on to more pictures:

A view from outside the stadium. These are essentially the bones of the new press box.

The view from the new press level.

Construction crews walking through the upper level of the new structure.

You can see all of Manhattan from the roof.

The new field view from the top level.

As you can see, the new press box will be much wider than the old one.

Still a lot to be built on the club level.

Looking down on the field from one of the lower levels.

The new concourse is wider and taller. K-State plans on honoring past teams on the walls.

John Currie explains details of the stadium renovation to media.

This is the side of the new structure. The student-athlete’s training table will be located past those three large arched windows.

One of the new concourse walls.

New bathrooms will be doubled in capacity.

The construction site.

The concourse everyone will walk through on the ground floor of the new press box.