K-State breaks ground on new soccer fields 

K-State Athletics Communications

K-State soccer head coach Mike Dibbini speaks during the groundbreaking of the new soccer complex in Manhattan, Kansas, on May 9. (Photo: Scott Weaver)

With the inaugural season of K-State women's soccer debuting in the fall of 2016, K-State Athletics officially broke ground May 9 on new practice and competition fields.
 
The new home for soccer will be located just south of Tointon Family Stadium. Two grass fields consisting of a Bermuda surface and a new irrigation and drainage system are being constructed on the current site of the former football practice fields. The first phase of the project, which began April 27, is being managed by Mid-America Sports Construction and Wildcat Construction and is anticipated to be completed by July.
 
"While exploring all options for our soccer program, we wanted to find the location that will best serve our student-athletes and also provide the best experience for our fans," said K-State athletics director John Currie. "This latest project will not only provide our soccer program with a new home but will also serve the practice needs of our football student-athletes while providing the long-term flexibility for further improvements and expansion in additional phases."
 

Join the K-State Soccer Founders Club and receive goodies such as a scarf, T-shirt and decal. Wildcat fan Bryan Armbrust (@BryanArmbrust) posted this photo on Twitter, commenting “Look what just came in! Hand delivered by @CoachDibbini himself!” (Photo: Bryan Armbrust)
Both soccer and football will utilize the space, and a practice field on the east side of the site will accommodate both sports. The soccer competition field is being built along College Avenue on the west side of the site, and will provide versatility for future fan experience amenities including lighting, bleacher seating, a press facility, decorative fencing and a scoreboard. Fans will be able to utilize the existing restroom and concessions facilities at Tointon Family Stadium for games in the fall of 2016. The cost of the initial phase of the project is estimated at $2.1 million and will be totally funded by department-generated revenue.

"The first phase of our new soccer complex will be treasured by our student-athletes, our fans and supporters," said head coach Mike Dibbini about the new stadium. "This is an integral step to providing a world-class student-athlete experience and help deliver the best fan experience in the Big 12. We are thrilled for the launching of our program and to be a part of the K-State family."

 Dream come true for young fan


Bart Ransone (@Kst8_fan) tweeted his support of K-State soccer from Hawaii, posting his daughter's photo on Twitter and commenting, “Go State!!! Can't wait to see a game.” (Photo: Bart Ransone)
K-State’s new soccer program has generated excitement across the country. Bart Ransone and his wife, Kristen, are K-State fans and alumni who live in Hawaii, and they jumped at the chance to support the new sports program. 

Their 10-year-old daughter, Allyn, also an avid Wildcat fan, has been playing soccer since she was 5 years old. Bart said she used to ask if K-State had a soccer program and was disappointed by the prospect of having to go to another college someday to play the sport. Now, Allyn can dream of being a K-State soccer player.

“What better way to surprise her with the good news than to sign her up as a Founder,” Bart Ransone said. “Hopefully, eight years from now she will be both attending and playing for K-State. Proud parents and an aspiring 10-year-old girl can dream.”  

He continued, “We know and believe in how great K-State is as a school, an institution, and how it showcases great student-athlete programs. We believe women's soccer will quickly bloom into the great program we expect of our athletic programs.”

With members from more than 30 states, K-State Athletics continues to accept memberships in the K-State Soccer Founders Club. To join or receive more information, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 800-221-CATS or visit the website

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