Kansas Athletics Kicks Off Football Project

Feb. 5, 2006


The University of Kansas Athletics Department today kicked off its new football project with a press conference in Hadl Auditorium.

The project involves the construction of a new football complex adjacent to Memorial Stadium. Plans for the building include offices, academic areas, a weight room, locker rooms, an audio-visual room, meeting rooms, a cardio room, a hydro-therapy room, a nutrition area and a display area. Kansas Athletics has named HNTB Architecture of Kansas City, Mo., as the architect of record.

Funding for the $31-million project was provided largely through the generosity of two University of Kansas alumni families – the Kivistos (former basketball team captain Tom Kivisto and his wife Julie) and the Andersons (Dana, Sue and Justin) – as well as several other families, including Charles and Sharon Lynch Kimbell (Hutchinson, Kansas), Frank Sabatini and family (Topeka, Kansas), and Ken Wagnon (Wichita, Kansas).

“The entire KU athletics family is indebted to these families, and all those who have donated to this project, for their generosity,” Kansas Athletics Director Lew Perkins said. “By consolidating all football activities into one area, the facility will free up space needed for other sports. In addition, this football facility will help KU football be more competitive with other Big 12 programs.”