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January 5, 2012
DALLAS, Texas - Are you ready for some football?
Well, this long-awaited day has finally come when No. 8 and 10-2 Kansas State plays No. 6 and 10-2 Arkansas in the 76th Annual AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboy's Stadium.
The Wildcat Nation demonstrated that they are stoked for the 7:32 p.m. kickoff yesterday as more than 15,000 fans gathered at the home of the American League baseball champion Texas Rangers for a pep rally AND the surprise announcement of KSU's historic $75 million West Stadium Center project.
Even baseball Hall of Famer and Texas Rangers President Nolan Ryan was impressed as he called down from his office over the left field wall and asked Rob Matwick, who was handling the field operations for the Rangers, "How many people do you have down there? I thought this was only going to be a small deal."
Stadium signs read "K-State Football" and "Pack Dallas with Purple," and that's exactly what the Wildcats did extending down the left field line to the foul pole to taking seats in the upper deck behind home plate. All were entertained by video highlights of the week, plus the superlative plays of the season, not to mention the K-State marching band, cheerleaders and Classy Cats, who together numbered 424 and traveled to Dallas in nine buses.