Thursday night's football game against sixth-ranked Nebraska will provide us a unique opportunity to showcase our program and university on ESPN's Thursday Night College Football platform. As we approach the game, I want to provide some thoughts and details that will allow you a smooth trip to and from the stadium.
Coach Snyder and our football team have shown tremendous resiliency so far this season and are off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2003. Below are a few reminders to all of our fans heading to the game:
- Arrive early. Be patient. The kickoff time of 6:30 p.m., will create unique traffic patterns in the Manhattan community as schools dismiss and normal rush-hour traffic competes with game-day traffic
- Stadium and nearby satellite parking lots will open at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, five hours prior to kickoff as normal on a gameday
- The Veterinary Medicine Complex lot on Denison will be unavailable for football parking as K-State classes will be in session on Thursday
- Ample parking will be available at the Equestrian Center north of the fire station on Denison.
- October 7 will be a "business as usual" day with campus remaining open.
Another Capacity Crowd
Bill Snyder Family Stadium will be at full capacity for the third time in four games this season on Thursday night and the atmosphere will certainly be electric for the ESPN-televised matchup. Our attendance of 150,317 for the first three non-conference home games of the season is a new school record and we appreciate your continued support. We are currently averaging 50,106 fans a game, which would rank third all-time for a season and the highest average mark in 10 years.
There is definitely tremendous excitement building in the community for Thursday's Big 12 North battle. As Coach Snyder has said before on many occasions, and as evidenced by one UCF fan's comments referenced in my previous letter, we pride ourselves at K-State on the people and how well-respected our fans are across the nation. Coach Snyder instills the "act like you've been there before" mentality into our players and program, and I think that is very appropriate in this case. We expect nothing less than Bill Snyder Family Stadium to be rocking Thursday night, but it is also a part of our mission as an athletics program to provide the best fan experience possible to both our fans and those visiting Manhattan.
Counterfeit Ticket Reminder
With all tickets sold for Thursday's game, we would like to remind fans still seeking tickets to be certain of their authenticity before purchasing. Often in these high-demand situations fans purchase unauthorized tickets, and it's truly 'buyer beware' if someone purchases a ticket from a source other than our ticket office or through Powercat Exchange at k-statesports.com. University policy prohibits solicitations, including ticket scalping, on the grounds of the sports complex.
Weekend Recap/Looking Ahead
Our volleyball team picked up a big win over the weekend after recording a 3-0 sweep of Texas A&M Saturday in College Station . There are two opportunities this week to catch Coach Fritz's squad at Ahearn Field House as we host Oklahoma on Wednesday and Texas on Saturday. Both matches are at 7 p.m. so come on out to Ahearn and support our second-place Wildcats! We have a few other teams competing this week as the women's golf team is competing today and tomorrow in Columbia, Mo., while the rowing squad opens its season on Saturday in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Madness in Manhattan
Finally as a quick reminder, Madness in Manhattan will be returning this year and we are excited to be one of six schools nationally to be spotlighted during ESPNU's coverage of the annual start of basketball season on October 15. The event will take place at 7 p.m., on the day following our football game against the Jayhawks in Lawrence, and we have a few surprises in store for that night so mark your calendars to attend!
That's it for now. We look forward to an exciting night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Thursday. See you Wednesday night at Ahearn, and... Go Cats!