Eager to remain on par with the top college basketball programs in America, Kansas State officially announced a brand new $18 million training facility on Friday as reported by KStateSports.com.
Set on the east side of Bramlage Coliseum, the new facility will offer a laundry list of amenities for both the men's and women's programs to help lure in recruits and make players feel at home. Along with checking in at a whopping 50,000 square feet, the building will include a pair of practice courts, full player lounges, a theater film room, a spacious weight room and a full medicine center with its own hydrotherapy wing.
After being one of the privileged guests at Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony along with school president Kirk Schulz and athletic director John Currie, new coach Bruce Weber was quite literally blown away by his new digs. "It's amazing. It has the `wow' factor, no doubt about that," Weber said. "This place is special and is up there with some of the best facilities in the country."
Public viewing dates are still not known, but there's no denying just how immense this new facility will be for Kansas State basketball as a whole. Weber wants prospective players to feel as comfortable as possible with the new building, and is fully confident that overall recruiting to Manhattan could see an uptick as a result.
"There's no doubt it helps with recruits," said Weber. "If anything, we have an advantage over some other schools because we have the newest facility and one of the nicest ones."