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Friday, May 12, 2006

KU releases site plans for football facility

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Kansas University's new football facility will be sited southwest of Memorial Stadium and two new practice fields will be southeast of the stadium, according to a site map released today by KU officials.

"Locating the facility southwest of the stadium will protect views of Campanile Hill from the stadium and will not interfere with the KU graduation tradition of walking down the hill to Memorial Stadium," said KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway.

The stand-alone, 80,000 square-foot football facility is the state-of-the-art centerpiece of a $31 million football complex project, which also includes construction of the two practice fields and additional parking.

The football facility will consist of two levels, with only the upper level above ground. The building will not connect to or abut the stadium. The lower, underground level will house the football training area, locker rooms, and related facilities. The upper level will house athletics administrative offices and support services.

The two 100-yard practice fields will be located southeast of the stadium, between it and the Kansas Union, on a site that is currently part of existing asphalt parking lots (yellow-permit lots Nos. 92, 93, and 91).

Because practice fields will displace parking spaces, the first stage of the project will be to build replacement parking.

"We cannot diminish parking availability either during or after completion of this project," Hemenway said. "We will replace every parking space displaced by the new practice fields."

To recover the displaced parking spaces, plans call for expanding an existing surface parking lot immediately west of the stadium. The layout of the expanded lot will be determined once survey and initial design work are completed.

Design work on the parking expansion is scheduled for completion no later than December 2006, and construction will begin in spring 2007. Work on the practice fields should begin in summer 2007 and be completed by fall 2007. Football facility construction should begin no later than spring 2007 and be completed by summer 2008.

The university is notifying the City of Lawrence that it will appoint an Ad Hoc Community Advisory Committee to advise the university on the practice field and parking lot expansion projects, both of which are within 150 feet of the university's perimeter. The committee will be appointed once the site survey determines a feasible location for the replacement parking.

Because the practice fields fall within 500 feet of the historic environs of the Hancock District and Snow residence, the practice fields project will be reviewed by the university's Campus Historic Preservation Board and then by the Lawrence Historic Resources Commission for review, consistent with the University's historic preservation agreement with the City.

A KU building committee is working with HNTB Architecture of Kansas City, Mo., on the football facility building design.

Comments

OldEnuf2BYurDad 12 years, 2 months ago

As IF we can afford to lose the parking we have.

We learned from last year: this year we bought a parking pass. I'm hot ^%#&! now that I'm a Williams Fund contributor!!

SELFcontrol 12 years, 2 months ago

Read the whole article.

"We cannot diminish parking availability either during or after completion of this project," Hemenway said. "We will replace every parking space displaced by the new practice fields."

dirkleisure 12 years, 2 months ago

I wonder how much KUAD paid for somebody to copy a Google Earth map and put big green dots on it.

Best guess? $10,000.

Sigmund 12 years, 2 months ago

$31 million. Your tax dollars at work.

patton6 12 years, 2 months ago

This wasn't paid for by our tax dollars. It was paid for with generous donations from people wanting to see Kansas football succeed and in order to succeed in college football any more, state-of-the-art facilities are necessary. After seeing the Boothe Hall of Fame, I am sure they will do a great job on this as well and I'm extremely excited to see it.

Ervin O'Neal 12 years, 2 months ago

"Locating the facility southwest of the stadium will protect views of Campanile Hill from the stadium and will not interfere with the KU graduation tradition of walking down the hill to Memorial Stadium,"

I'd like to see more than a green dot on a map before I believe this facility won't take a lot away from the view from the stadium. I would prefer that the building be further west if not due west from the press box.

KU504 12 years, 2 months ago

I just think this diagram is hilarious... it says that they are putting in two 100 yard practice football fields, yet that green dot is half the size of the 100 yard field inside the stadium.....so does that mean that green dot should actually be 4 times the size of what it actually is? and 80,000 square feet covers more area than a football field, a football field is close to 50,000 square feet, so shouldnt the green dot of the building be about 4 times the size of the current green dot? absolutely ridiculous.

Christine Pennewell Davis 12 years, 2 months ago

how about sending some of that money to the public schools I think they could use if for something better well at least education wise, and yes I do like football.

Bill Smith 12 years, 2 months ago

Why does the football team need two additional practice fields? Already there is the field in Memorial Stadium, the in-door practice field in Anschutz Sports Pavilion, and the outside field behind Anschutz Sports Pavilion. So with the two additional practice fields, the football team will have a total of 5 fields to practice on. Seems like over-kill to me and a waste of money.

james bush 12 years, 2 months ago

It's good to see that important endeavors are being pursued at KU .......... beats women's studies and professors-in-league with SOMA. That's why sports "teachers" get paid so much. Wonder how many foreign students have their hearts set on athletic scholarships at KU. Gotta luv higher education in this kontry!!!

sdoyel 12 years, 2 months ago

Why not expand North of the stadium towards 9th street?

Ted Toulouse 12 years, 2 months ago

I love it when people read an article "for the first time," like this is the first anyone has ever heard of the $31 million figure. If any of you higher-ed tree-huggers would have been paying attention over the last year, the AD has been raising money for these facilities, through private donations ONLY, since the last bowl game (that would be the Tangerine Bowl in 2003 for those NOT paying attention to anything other than the digital screen on their Prius).
I love KU basketball, but having a competitive football program is acutally more enjoyable and extremely beneficial to the ENTIRE KU community. Look at Texas, Michigan, USC, Notre Dame. One program feeds the others. Ed-u-kashun takes $$!! And that's what football will provide people. Welcome to the 21st Century!

The_Twelve 12 years, 2 months ago

"We cannot diminish parking availability either during or after completion of this project," Hemenway said. "We will replace every parking space displaced by the new practice fields."

"To recover the displaced parking spaces, plans call for expanding an existing surface parking lot immediately west of the stadium."

--And there is comparable parking the size of two football fields on the west side--I highly doubt it. I can even bet that if you asked right now, no one would be able to tell you exactly how many spaces will be lost. At any rate, these student lots will not be in a convenient location. My bet is he will be forcing all students to park in the new park-ride lot. Make Hemenway commute everyday and park half-way across town.

--Hemenway and Perkins both lie. Bob probably is planning on leaving soon, so he needn't be held to his word.

"The committee will be appointed once the site survey determines a feasible location for the replacement parking."

--They have no damn idea where the parking will be, all they want is their half-baked facilities, with no thought to the consequences.

"The upper level will house athletics administrative offices and support services."--Lew makes $500,000 and obviously doesn't like his old digs. Niether does Mangino. And look at the crap we have to teach in.

Notice that this report is conveniently being released at the end of the semester. They don't want those most affected to be able to comment.

--And the green dot tactics: exactly, one dot does not equal "two football fields": see for yourself!

I was right when I suggested (I believe on kansan.com, or did I delete it?) that KUAC really wants one practice field for every occasion: one for real grass, one for fake, one with built-in sprinkler system to simulate rainy days, one with snow-making capabilities for those important November games...

And yes, there are going to be not a few trees missing from the southwest side of this area. Denude, denude, denude...

CougIsLJW 12 years, 2 months ago

"Why does the football team need two additional practice fields?"

Why do you assume the football team is going to continue using the fields behind Anschutz? The whole point of building new practice fields is to centralize football operations.

JBurtin 12 years, 1 month ago

Seems like an awful lot of negativity about a positive change.

1)The parking will be replaced, so that is no big deal.

2)The old practice field space will be freed up for other sports.

3)The money was all donated by football fans who wanted to see the team do well, so it's unlikely that we could have secured their donations for a more mundane educational purpose.

4)Football is one of only two college sports likely to generate a profit, so spending money on it is likely to help other areas of the school.

5)Elite athletic teams also make great advertising for a school. Even if you don't want to come to play here, you might want to watch a decent sports team. Or maybe a potential student doesn't care at all about sports, at least being exposed on national tv can let them know that the university exists and may prompt someone to study up on the programs available at the school (in advertising terms, the university may become a part of a potential student's "evoked set").

6)KU needs facilities that are equal to other Big Twelve institutions if we expect to bring in the elite athletes that the other institutions bring in. Near the football field is the most logical location for said facilities. (Something has to be displaced)

I can talk all day about great reasons to put in the facilities and see no logical reason why not to build them. In short, The negativity about this positive change makes about as much sense as Johnny Cochrane's Chewbacca defense.

Look at the little monkey, look at him!

P.S. Sorry about the lame South Park reference, I just saw it in a rerun earlier today. ha ha

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