A Letter from A.D. John Currie - February 22, 2016

Good Afternoon Wildcat Nation,

An action-packed weekend of competition is rolling right into another big week for the Wildcats, starting tonight as we host No. 25 Texas at 6 p.m. in another tough Big 12 men’s basketball game which will be seen live nationally on ESPNU. The competitive nature and the top-to-bottom strength of our league this season, for both men and women, have caught the eye of the entire nation.

Baseball is also in action tonight, looking for its third win of the young season at UC Riverside, and you can catch the first pitch on k-statesports.com via our FREE live audio stream. In addition to two wins on the diamond, this past weekend also featured two 7-0 women’s tennis wins, outstanding track and field performances, a dominant women’s basketball win over Texas Tech Sunday afternoon and even a hole-in-one by golfer Katherine Gravel-Coursol as the Cats just wrapped up play with an impressive third-place finish in Arizona, besting four ranked teams in the process!

Of course the weekend’s action also featured the 283rd renewal of the Dillon’s Sunflower Showdown, as the Cats battled back using tough defense, clutch free throw shooting and 13 points each from Stephen Hurt and freshman Barry Brown in front of one of the loudest Octagon of Doom crowds I have experienced in my seven years at K-State. Although the ultimate outcome was not what we wanted I am proud of the fight of our team. And, thanks to a year-long collaborative effort led by our unbelievable K-State students, the ”chant” which has caused so much concern among K-State Alumni nationally in past years wasn’t nearly as pronounced as past years. I know we can continue to build our first-class national reputation as a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program and Tier 1 university while still being incredibly loud, intimidating and supportive of the Cats. We look forward to another great scene tonight against the Longhorns! I will see you there!

Before we wrap up office work for today and head over to the Octagon, I would like to share a special announcement that has been under consideration and study over the last year which will help K-State fans in the planning for trips to our facilities beginning in the fall of 2016.

An important part of providing the Best Fan Experience in the Big 12 is ensuring that our venues are as safe as possible for spectators, contestants and staff. Thus, to provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite guest entry into our venues, K-State Athletics will follow the lead of the National Football League and other major sports leagues and college programs and implement a “clear bag” policy. The new “clear bag” policy will begin for the 2016-17 season and apply to all ticketed K-State events.

World events continue to shape the methods utilized for venue security, and we are instituting this policy to enhance public safety and make access more efficient by limiting the size and style of bags carried into our venues. As always, fan experience and the safety of our guests are top priorities for K-State Athletics.

Beginning in the fall of 2016 guests will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package or container into K-State Athletics venues:

• Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12."
• One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
• Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand (4.5” x 6.5”), with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags.
• An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.

To assist with the transition to this new policy, football season ticket holders will receive one approved clear plastic bag per account when their season tickets are mailed in August. Official K-State team logo clear plastic tote bags will also be available at K-State Super Store locations.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, diaper bags, seat cushions and chairbacks with pockets and zippers, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

Guests will continue to be able to enjoy their tailgate activities in the parking lots and do so with greater safety and the knowledge that their entry into the venue will be smoother and more secure. They also will continue to be able to carry items allowed into the venue, such as binoculars, cameras, and smart phones.

Click here for more information, which includes a thorough list of FAQ’s in addition to a detailed “approved bag policy” diagram that highlights all approved and non-approved bags, and visit k-statesports.com for full details and more information. If you have additional questions, you can contact our Athletics Operations Office at 785-532-7600.

Again, thank you for all that you do for our 450-plus student-athletes, and we will see you tonight at Bramlage. And stay tuned tomorrow for some exciting news from our Ahearn Fund staff!