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Madness In Manhattan Surprise: Kansas State To Build $20 Million Basketball Facility

Here's the big story from Madness in Manhattan last night....

K-State Announces Plans For Basketball Training Facility
"This is not just about a building," said Athletics Director John Currie. "This is about a once-in-a-generation opportunity to leverage our strengths – a championship heritage and a passionate fan base, coupled with unprecedented national excitement and visibility. This project marks a moment in time that will springboard our basketball programs back into a permanent leadership position in intercollegiate athletics."

KSU to build hoops facility |
K-State on Friday unveiled plans for a 50,000-square foot training facility which will be located on the east side of Bramlage Coliseum and will feature practice courts, locker rooms, sports medicine facilities and offices. "It's big time," coach Frank Martin said. "We're the last school in the Big 12 to move forward with that. Part of that is all the transition we've had over the last three years. It was hard to move forward until we had some stability.

Notes from the Madness | Campus Corner
Close to 7,000 fans crammed into Bramlage Coliseum on Friday and loudly celebrated the start of college basketball. They were treated to speeches from players on both the men's and women's basketball teams, an extremely funny video featuring Kansas State grad Eric Stonestreet and the cast of Modern Family, dances and all sorts of high-flying plays.

Kansas State Official Athletic Site | Men's Basketball
The on-court festivities began with an introduction of the 2010-11 Wildcat women’s basketball team, which features eight returning letter winners as well as five newcomers. After a fan-interactive game of knockout, the squad broke up into black and white teams for a 10-minute scrimmage. The white team came out on top, 10-8, with sophomore Taelor Karr’s 3-pointer being the difference in the contest.

K-State shows off more than team at Madness in Manhattan -
During the Wildcats’ Madness in Manhattan event, athletic director John Currie unveiled plans for a long-sought-after training facility. The approximately 50,000 square-foot facility, which will be constructed on the east side of Bramlage Coliseum, is projected to cost $20 million. It will provide both the men’s and women’s basketball programs with an all-inclusive place to develop their game.