At a time when most of the talk about renovation and upgrade projects in athletic facilities on Big 12 campuses is about football stadiums, Kansas State, which has one of those football upgrade projects in process at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, also plans to make improvements at its basketball facility, Bramlage Coliseum.
The Kansas State athletics department announced that a new high-definition, Panasonic, center-hung videoboard, six additional LED displays and state-of-the-art, innovative lighting and sound systems will be installed at Bramlage Coliseum this fall in time for the start of the 2014-15 basketball season.
The main feature of the $2.4 million capital improvement project is a 25-foot by 18-foot videoboard that will display images four times larger than the existing Bramlage scoreboard located at center court. The videoboard will feature a display on all four faces, with an upper and lower ring for statistics, crowd engagement and fan interaction.
The existing sound system will be replaced with modern new audio equipment, boosted by 100 loudspeakers. The K-State athletic department says the increased location of the loudspeakers will provide for more distribution of sound while also improving audio quality throughout the arena.
The new LED lighting system will be more efficient and provide for better quality lighting. It also will allow for special effects during pregame introductions and during special halftime shows.
“Our players and staff couldn’t be more excited about these upgrades to Bramlage Coliseum,” men’s coach Bruce Weber said in a statement issued by the K-State athletic department. “Obviously when you make improvements to your facilities with new technology, it brings energy to the program.”
Funding for the upgrades will come from general athletic department revenue without requiring tax revenue or general university dollars, according to Kansas State athletic director John Currie.
Wrightson, Johnson Haddon and Williams, Inc., one of the top acoustical consulting and electronic systems design firms in the country, located in Dallas, will manage the project.