K-State cuts ribbon on major stadium renovation

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – Kansas State has dedicated an extensive renovation to Bill Snyder Family Stadium by unveiling a bronze statue of its longtime coach before the Wildcats’ season opener against North Dakota State.

The renovation to the west side of the football stadium was supposed to cost $75 million, but the price of materials and alterations to the plan pushed the price tag to $90 million.

The project is being funded entirely through private pledges.

Snyder was on hand for the dedication along with Gov. Sam Brownback, U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran. Bengals cornerback Terence Newman, who played for the Wildcats, and Kansas State alum and Emmy Award winner Eric Stonestreet of “Modern Family” also taped messages.

The ceremony concluded with the unveiling of an 8-foot tall bronze statue of Snyder.

Kansas First News Reporter Don Bolerjack is live at the event and will have updates tonight on Kansas First News at 5 and 6.

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