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There's a 'Buzz' in Wildcat Nation

By Mark Janssen
 
 
Scott Garrett has been away from big-time football for the last couple years when he served as assistant athletic director/ticket manager at Wichita State.
 
Now in a similar position at Kansas State, Garrett, who also oversees the Fan Experience office, says, "You can feel the buzz of football. With all the phone calls, you can just feel the excitement of the fans. They absolutely can't wait for that UCLA game."
 
The week opened on Monday with 250 additional tickets sold for the Sept. 4 opener against the Bruins, which means Bill Snyder Family Stadium is only 2,500 fans shy of being a season-opening sellout for the second consecutive year.
 
Garrett reports that 34,000-plus season tickets have been sold with the count being 1,636 ahead of last year's total season ticket sales.
 
On a single-game basis, Garrett is encouraging fans to act quickly. Around 3,000 tickets are still available for the Oct. 7 Nebraska game and only slightly more than that for the Nov. 6 contest with Texas.
 
Special packages are available for the Missouri State game on Sept. 11 and the Central Florida game on Sept. 25, as fans can purchase four tickets for $75.
 
Tickets are also still available for the Iowa State game that will be staged in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 18. As the home team, K-State's allotment of seats will be located on the south side of Arrowhead, priced between $30 for upper-deck seats to $100 for premium seating.
 
"Last year's attendance was just over 40,000 (40,851) and we'd like to go well above that this year," said Garrett.
 
Garrett says that fans purchasing season tickets prior to June 16 should already have their season tickets in hand. For more recent buys, he says that tickets are being packaged and mailed daily from the K-State ticket office.
 
"I would think that 99 percent of our fans should have received their season ticket by now," said Garrett.
 
If K-State fans would like to view the available season tickets remaining for the 2010 season, Garrett said that availability will come Saturday during Fan Appreciation Day, beginning at 5 p.m., at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Fans are asked to enter the gates on the west side of the stadium for the event. After viewing the final hour of practice, fans will be addressed by Coach Bill Snyder and several team leaders.
 
"We will have tags on all the available seats," said Garrett. "A fan can find the seat he wants and take the order form off that seat to the west side ticket booth. Seats are still available at a variety of sections from the upper deck on the east side, to the southeast corner of the lower bowl."
 
For all K-State sports, Garrett encourages fans to go to the athletic department website - www.kstatesports.com - and use the "Online Ticket Office." All ticket plans, prices and special packages are available for all Wildcat sports at the location.
 
In addition, ticket office hours at Bramlage Coliseum have been extended from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Monday through Friday.
 
AROUND THE K-STATE SPORTS MENU
VOLLEYBALL
- New to volleyball this year are 188 chairback seats that will be located behind the player's bench on the south side of the court. In addition, reserved bench seats are located across the court, and reserved cushion seats are in the balcony of Ahearn Field House. K-State is also offering a four-pack for volleyball priced at $120.
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL - "Because of the success of the last three or four years, you feel that same buzz of excitement for our men's basketball team as for football," said Garrett. "We have over 900 new requests for season tickets. It looks like we'll be sold out with season tickets."
 
Garrett added, "An increase of 900 season tickets in basketball and over 1,600 in football says a lot about the enthusiasm of our fans."
 
Fans that held season tickets last year have until Aug. 31 to return their renewal form. Season tickets are available in all locations ranging from $345 for bench seats, to $445 and $545 for chairbacks.
 
Garrett also encouraged fans to act early on tickets for K-State's game with UNLV at the Kansas City Sprint Center in Kansas City on Dec. 21.
 
For the CBE Classic in late November, tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com.
 
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Season tickets are available, plus a four-pack special for $200.