In what seems to an entrance into a Miami nightclub with an interior that mimics a spa with a waterfall fountain in proximity to the rehab room, the Vanier Family Football Complex of the Kansas State Wildcats jumped out for John Vanier and several Wildcats, including wide receiver, Kyle Klein.
Kansas State’s A.D. John Currie on the complex (via KSNT.com):
“It is a great day for K-State as the beautiful new Vanier Family Football Complex is operational and open for our football staff and student-athletes. This new facility is another example of our commitment to a World-Class Student-Athlete Experience and being a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program while furthering our position as a leader at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. We appreciate the flexibility of our staff during this process and also the hard work and hustle of our design and construction management teams as well as all of our donors who helped make this project a reality. It was truly a team effort, and I know this is a facility that the K-State Nation will be proud of and will be the envy of all other programs.”
The 132,000 square foot facility comes finalized with all necessary amenities: sports medicine tables, a pair of rehab baths, a weight room situated on artificial turf and overhead lighting that provides a V.I.P. ambiance.
Nestled in the Mortenson/GE Johnson-constructed masterpiece, which was completed under budget in seven months, is an 18,000 square foot Student-Athlete Enhancement Center and a football-shaped locker room that occupies double the space than last year’s dressing room.
Kansas State Alum John Vanier, who made a donation along with his wife to erect the facility, provided commentary on the situation:
“The facility is absolutely incredible and something that the student-athletes and fans deserve. I had the opportunity to travel around the country touring other facilities when this process began, and I did not see any other that even compares to this one. It is absolutely the perfect facility and one that every school in the nation would aspire to have.”