July 13, 2006

Vanier Complex construction taking shape

While a handful of Kansas State players were spotted running on the field at Bill Snyder Family Stadium during one dreadfully hot June afternoon, construction workers continued placing stone siding along the south face of Vanier Football Complex. Senior weakside linebacker Brandon Archer witnesses the daily progression of the three-phase, $4.3 million project. He said, "You have a sense of pride in your facilities when things like that are done."

Archer, a two-time co-captain, only wishes the changes could have come sooner.

"It's like we've caught up almost," Archer said. "It's sad to say, and I'm reluctant to say that, but this is a Division I program, and we should have this. I don't know if it's a sense of a rebirth as much as, 'OK, we're on a level playing field now' as far as recruiting and facilities. We're finally up to par. That's nice to have.

"As far as a rebirth, I wouldn't necessarily say that just because we need to get on with the season to prove that maybe these improvements have helped. As far as what they've done so far, yeah, they have helped. They've boosted the morale of the team. Guys are happy, guys want to stay up (at Vanier) longer than before."

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