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Jeff Kolpack, Published August 29 2013

K-State to unveil new $75 million stadium upgrade against Bison

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Randy Peterson’s parents are coming from Fargo to visit this weekend and they’ll get to see him in his new $75 million office. Well, it’s not all his.

The assistant director for athletic communications at Kansas State operates in a small space in a new addition to Bill Snyder Family Stadium, where the Wildcats football team will host North Dakota State on Friday night. The renovation will be unveiled before the nationally-televised game on FOX Sports 1.

It appears there was no skimping on any part of the mix of suites, stands, offices and press box, which dominates the west end of the stadium. It has that new car smell and looks like it would coincide with any luxurious hotel around. The exterior is composed of large limestone blocks, which can be found on many other buildings on campus.

“Looking at all the improvements around here, seeing where it was to where it is now is a total 180,” said Peterson, a 1998 graduate from Fargo South. “But NDSU is similar with the track, soccer and the BSA. Both are progressing on the same kind of track.”

K-State’s track, however, is not surprisingly more expensive. The school’s annual athletic budget is around $65 million.

“It looks like a medieval castle,” said longtime K-State fan Ed Skidmore, while surveying the facility.