Friday, February 23, 2007

Football Complex drawings out


Kansas University released final renderings of the Anderson Family Football Complex, the latest step in the construction of the $31 million facility.

The renderings were made public Thursday after being received by the KU athletic department from HNTB Architecture, the Kansas City, Mo., firm in charge of the project.

A full move-in is expected in July 2008. Work soon will begin on the rearrangement of parking. New spots will be added just west of Memorial Stadium so that spaces can be removed southeast of the stadium. There, two practice fields will be installed.

Parking spaces are expected to be rearranged fully by the fall, and the plan is not to lose any spaces in what's already a scarce commodity on game days.

The Anderson Family Football Complex is expected to be one 80,000-square foot, two-story building, with weight rooms, offices, an audio-visual room, meeting rooms, a hydro-therapy area, a nutrition area and a display area.

Football-only facility at Memorial Stadium no longer just a vision

This evening, Kansas Athletics released the final renderings for the 'Anderson Family Football Complex.'

"This facility will help Kansas Athletics in a number of ways," Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins said in a statement. "It will certainly help KU football compete on a more even plane with other Big 12 programs, but also, by consolidating all football activities into one area, the facility will free up space needed for other sports."

The bottom floor is expected to be at least partly underground. The bottom level could feature training areas and athletic facilities, while the top floor likely will be reserved for offices.

The complex will be constructed against the southwest corner of the stadium, so the view of Campanile hill is not obstructed.

"The new football facility will embrace the hillside southwest of the football stadium in a manner that will not detract from the beauty of Campanile hill," said Warren Corman, University Architect.


Ted Toulouse 12 years, 3 months ago

Uh yeah, good luck with that parking thing. Looks like it's going to take away some of the tailgating area too. But I'm really looking forward to how it affects recruiting. This facility is long overdue.

McGuzzo23 12 years, 3 months ago

I think they will do a great job with this project. Everyone was so concerned about the Hall of Fame added onto Allen fieldhouse, and I think it only made Allen Fieldhouse more of a Legendary place not to mention it looks great. If we can just build up our football team and get to a point where we can consistently sell out games. I would then like to see us get that track out of Memorial Stadium and actually move the Fans near the field. Love him or Hate him Lew I believe could make that happen his fund raising for the athletic program is changing the face of KU athletics.

bmcmich1 12 years, 3 months ago

Wow, I am really excited about this new facility! Parking may be a little affected by this, but it's not like there was an abundance available to begin with and lots of people parked off-site and walked to the stadium anyway. It also sounds like they've found a way to not obstruct the view of the Campanile, which is great.

McGuzzo23, Hit the nail right on the head with the comment about the track! I have been cursing that eyesore for about 15 years now--that track NEEDS TO GO!! It kills me to say that even Mizzou got rid of theirs and that was YEARS ago. If we want to go bigtime, the removal of the track needs to happen--I know the plan has been in the works to do it for quite some time, and maybe Lew-dew will finally pull the trigger.

Track&Field deserves their own facility, and the removal of the track from Memorial will move the fans closer and provide a football ONLY facility. Don't get me wrong, The Kansas Relays is a great thing and has been a treat to attend for years, but we've got to make some critical decisions regarding football and the direction we all want it to go, and one of those is the creation of a track-less Memorial

klineisanazi 12 years, 3 months ago

Looks good. I am glad any resistance due to concerns over parking, view, etc, has been overcome. If KU is serious about trying to contend for a Big 12 title, an upgrade in facilities is essential. And getting the football offices and facilities away from the Fieldhouse complex was also critical.

CougIsLJW 12 years, 3 months ago

Eh, they could have done a lot better with this facility.

Nutflush21 12 years, 3 months ago

I agree, the track needs to go. Yes, that track has been home to some great KU runners (Wes Santee, Jim Ryun...) but its time to move on. A new track/soccer facility would be great for the respective sports and it could be completed at a fairly cheap price.

Michael Leiker 12 years, 3 months ago

I think it's beauteeful, and it leaves the great view of the hill as promised. Go Hawks. Can't wait for fall.

bmcmich1 12 years, 3 months ago

I like the Bill Grigsby beeeauteeeful! I too cannot wait for gamedays on the hill--ROCK CHALK!

William James 12 years, 3 months ago

Man, that is a great idea to get rid of the track. Seats closer to the field mean more noise when KU is on defense. BRILLIANT! Come on Lew, if you are as serious as you say about making KU a good football program ditching the track is a must!

JBurtin 12 years, 3 months ago

Extremely simple and elegant solution to the football facility issue. By making a large part of the building underground it won't block the view of anything yet it won't lose any functionality.

On a sidenote, I can't believe anybody would still be concerned that the parking spaces were not going to be replaced. Give the designers a little credit, leveling off a bit of space for parking places is hardly a difficult design problem. Up the hill directly to the west of the stadium would be a great location. There's already a small parking lot there that could be expanded at least another two rows easily by the addition of a retaining wall and it could be extended further to the south. This wouldn't block any views from the stadium and as an added bonus the parking places would be much closer to the top of the hill than the undesirable places that are being taken out. No tailgating space is lost and the parking would be more practical for everyday student use.

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