Kansas State University

Shamrock Practice Facility

Game changing indoor and outdoor practice fields to enhance Wildcat athletics.

Manhattan, Kansas
Kansas State University
HOK Architects


Total Square Feet

Practice makes perfect

The Big Picture

The new Shamrock Practice Facility includes a full-sized indoor football field, indoor storage spaces, training rooms, viewing platforms, and lobby space. Adjacent to the indoor practice facility is a full-sized outdoor football field, new concrete concourse and storm drainage system, ticket canopies, apparel store, and resurfaced parking lots.

The facility is located on the northeast side of Bill Snyder Family Stadium and directly accessible to the Vanier Family Football Complex and the football stadium, allowing enhanced convenience and year-long operational efficiency. The space includes a full outdoor turf practice field and a 130-yard indoor turf practice field. The limestone exterior matches the current stadium and campus architecture for a seamless look.

Ingenuity in Action

Towards the middle of the project, the project team crafted a plan to turn over most of the jobsite to Kansas State University Athletics for the first football game of the season. The initial turnover included the ticket booth, new concrete concourse, ticket canopies, and the entire parking lot. Procurement of site buildings and utilities that surround the building were sequenced first to encompass the 20 acres span of the site.


Due to the constraints of condensing the storage space once the parking areas and concourse were turned over, steel was erected in larger sections using two cranes. This created a safer, more productive environment by reducing the amount of material handling, on-ground building and hoisting of roof sections. The project team and trade partners also coordinated storage space by limiting  the materials delivered to the site or by storing them offsite.

Square feet of asphalt
Yards of concrete and 140 tons of rebar
The little details
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