Activities Abound for Wildcat Fans on September 5

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Wildcat fans visiting Manhattan next weekend will be welcomed to a bevy of events surrounding the season-opening football game against South Dakota.

In addition to the game, which will kickoff at 6:10 p.m., and be televised on K-StateHD.TV, here is a list of highlighted activities and reminders for all Wildcat fans:

Varney’s Invitational at Bramlage
K-State's volleyball team will be hosting the Varney’s Invitational Friday and Saturday in Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats will open play at noon Friday against Green Bay before hosting Cal at 7:30 p.m. later that night.  Tickets for those matches are $8 for adults and $5 for youth, and fans with a ticket to the South Dakota football game can receive a general admission ticket for just $3.  On Saturday, the volleyball team will host UNLV at 1:30 p.m., and admission to that match will be FREE for all fans. Click here for more information on the tournament.

Vanier Family Football Complex Ribbon-Cutting
Fans are invited to attend a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Vanier Family Football Complex as fans will officially be welcomed into the new north end zone seating area. When stadium gates open at 4 p.m., fans are invited to meet at the northwest corner of the concourse for a brief ceremony. Once the ribbon has been cut, fans will be able to walk the new north concourse and into their seats in the north end zone.

Coach Snyder Hall of Fame Recognition
A representative from the National Football Foundation will be on hand to recognize Coach Snyder for his election into the College Football Hall of Fame. Snyder will be presented his hall of fame certificate in a brief presentation just prior to kickoff, so fans are encouraged to arrive early to their seats.

Stripe Out the Stadium
Fans are also asked to help “stripe out” the stadium for the opener in honor of Coach Snyder’s recognition. Shirts can be purchased at various local retailers, including online from the K-State Super Store.  Those ordered online by August 31 can still be sent via mail in time for the game, and fans are encouraged to purchase their shirt prior to gameday due to expected long lines.  Click here for more information.

Gigapixel Photo to be Taken in First Half
During the first half of the football game, a panoramic Gigapixel photo will be taken from the field which will then be posted online for fans to tag friends and enter to win prizes. The images are 16 billion pixels in size, and are powered by Blakeway Worldwide Panoramas. Unframed and framed panoramas will also be available for purchase from www.panoramas.com.

Ring of Honor Halftime Celebration
Four new members will be inducted into the K-State Football Ring of Honor during the weekend as Michael Bishop, Jordy Nelson, Clarence Scott and Darren Sproles will be back on campus. Following a Friday night induction ceremony, the group will be recognized at halftime and will receive their official induction plaques.

Postgame Fireworks
Fans are once again are encouraged to remain in their seats following the 7th annual K-State Family Reunion as the annual fireworks show, co-sponsored by UPC, will take place shortly after the conclusion of the game.

Watch Game Live Exclusively on K-StateHD.TV
Fans are reminded that the football game will be broadcast world-wide exclusively on K-StateHD.TV beginning with “K-State Gameday” at 5:10 p.m., hosted by Brian Smoller and former K-State greats Ian Campbell and Nick Leckey.  To subscribe to K-StateHD.TV fans can visit kstatesports.com or click here.

Heat Relief Stations Available at Stadium
With temperatures expected in the upper 80s for Saturday’s game, K-State Athletics is supplementing its First Aid centers at Bill Snyder Family Stadium with heat stations providing cool towels for those who may be affected by the warm weather.

Towels will be provided at tents located on the stadium’s south concourse near Gate M on the east and Gate D on the west; between Gates T-V on the east and near the elevators on the View Level (east upper-deck).  Members of the Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will provide support for the heat stations as well as the First Aid centers located on the east concourse inside Gate M and on the west concourse near Gate A.

In addition, fans are reminded they are permitted to bring into the stadium one, 1-liter bottle of commercial-brand water that has not been opened and is not frozen. Fans may refill their bottles at water fountains located behind Sections 2 and 8 on the west side, Sections 23 and 25 on the east side and those located on the concourse of the North End Zone.
                
Other Stadium Notes
Text-Assist: Fans needing any type of assistance are always encouraged to find stadium staff. In addition, K-State Athletics offers a text-assist service by which fans can report an incident or request help by texting CATFAN followed by their seat location and issue to the number 69050. The message goes directly to a K-State stadium dispatcher, who then communicates with stadium staff in the area to resolve the issue.
Tailgate Terraces: The West Stadium Center’s Goss Family Terraces will open two hours prior to kickoff at the same time as all stadium gates. A Tailgate Terrace ticket is required for entrance.

Traffic/Parking
Traffic in and around Manhattan should be normal for gameday with no major construction projects in progress. Parking lots open at 1 p.m., Saturday, five hours prior to kickoff.  Parking in the east and west lots of the stadium is reserved for members of the Ahearn Fund and requires a pass for entry.  Paid parking for fans with disabilities is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the east and west stadium lots. To gain entry, guests must display a state-issued accessible license plate or hangtag and present a disability card along with a form of personal identification.  All other general public parking is limited to grass parking in Lot 9 east of the stadium, in the paved lot of the Peters Recreation Center or in private satellite lots and parking areas on campus.  Parking will be available in the grassy area of the KSU Foundation lot at the corner of Kimball and Denison Avenues. Additional public parking is available near the Equine Center north and east of the fire station on Denison Avenue and north of the sheep grazing lot on Denison.  General public parking fees are $20 for cars.

Celebrate Agriculture in Kansas
Saturday's home opener has been designated Celebrate Agriculture in Kansas Day.  The Kansas Department of Agriculture, From The Land of Kansas, Kansas Farm Bureau, Pacific Ag, BASF and First National Bank have all teamed up to sponsor the event.  Fans are encouraged to stop by displays before the game to learn more and sample foods provided by Kansas companies near the Southeast and Southwest entrances to the stadium.  Use hashtag #AgInYourGameDay to show how agriculture is part of your gameday for a chance to win prizes.