The first phase of renovations are coming to a close at the Buser Family Park soccer complex ahead of Kansas State soccer’s home opener on Thursday, Aug. 29.
Since last October, crews have worked to improve the facility’s bench areas for the teams, the press box and standing-room terrace. Bleacher seating for fans has also been increased from 800 to 1,400. These seats will be general admission, said Randy Peterson, sports information director for the soccer program.
“K-State is among the top 20 in the nation for attendance in the first three years of women’s soccer,” Peterson said. “There’s been a lot of excitement. We hope to continue that, and our fan base will continue to follow us here to enjoy these new improvements.”
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The team and staff are eager to get a start in the improved facility.
“It is very impactful for the student athletes, but the fan and game day experience as well,” head coach Mike Dibbini said during the program’s media day earlier this month. “You name it, and it just feels great to have a home now that we can perform under the greatest fans in the Big 12.”
Also on the media day, senior forward Katie Cramer said the new facility has instilled a sense of pride in the program.
“We are excited to finally have a home and people know who we are now,” Cramer said. “When you walk around people know who K-State soccer is now and that makes you want to get out there and play even more.”
Construction on the facility will continue to complete offices for the coaching staff, locker rooms for the teams and training spaces. Peterson said these spaces will be completed by the end of September or the beginning of October.
Buser Family Park will open officially on Thursday, Aug. 29, for the match against Arkansas State at 7 p.m.
Separate projects along the sidewalks of College Avenue, which runs in front of the facility, may require fans to cross the street twice when arriving for the match, Peterson said.
“There’s small little headaches, but it will all be great once everything is completed,” Peterson said.