The Wichita State Shockers have not fielded a football team since 1986 and there has been talks of the school bringing the sport back in the near future. However, they will have to shell out some big money if they want to play at the highest level of the sport.
Right now, the school wouldn’t be able to move up to the FBS level until the 2020 season, which would likely be their second season at the FCS level. It would reportedly cost them $75 million over five years to move up to the FBS level.
This price comes from the renovations of Cessna Stadium, which would cost between $21 and $28 million, $21 million to add practice facilities and about $26 million in administrative, athletic and salary costs.
Currently, Wichita State plays sports in the Missouri Valley Conference, which means they would play in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, one of the best in the FCS, if they brought the sport back. However, they already have an offer from the Mountain West Conference if they move up to the FBS.
It is certainly going to be interesting if they move up to the next level or if they bring back football period.