Feb. 4—MANHATTAN — The days of Kansas State practicing football inside an aging and obsolete indoor facility are over.

K-State recently moved into a brand new $32.5 million building that is located adjacent to Bill Snyder Family Stadium. It is called The Shamrock Practice Facility and several important people showed up on Saturday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the venue.

Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark, K-State athletic director Gene Taylor, quarterback Will Howard and defensive coordinator Joe Klanderman were all on hand as donors officially christened the practice facility at an event that was open to the public.

The new facility is a big upgrade over the old one.

A few reasons stand out.

For starters, the location is much more accessible. Players and coaches can easily walk to the new indoor practice facility from the team's locker room instead of driving all the way to the south side of Bramlage Coliseum for workouts as they have done in the past.

The new building is also much more spacious with improved artificial turf. A separate outdoor practice field is also attached to the complex, which is big enough to be seen from miles away on the east side of campus.

K-State began practicing in the facility before it played Alabama in the Sugar Bowl last December and the team will spend much more time in there next season. Coaches think it will help the Wildcats practice on a weekly basis and potentially provide a boost with recruits.

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