Fans Reminded of FB Gameday Policies/Events

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Wildcat fans visiting Manhattan for the eighth-annual K-State Family Reunion against Florida Atlantic on Saturday are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Phase 3B of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan while also being reminded of gameday policies which include the new clear bag policy.

In addition to the game, which will kick off at 1:35 p.m. and be televised on FSN, below is a list of highlighted activities and reminders for all Wildcat fans:

Clear Bag Policy Reminder
To provide a safer environment and significantly expedite guest entry into our venues, K-State Athletics has implemented a new bag policy for all ticketed K-State events. Clear plastic or vinyl bags and one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar) will be permitted. Small clutch bags, no larger than 4.5 x 6.5 inches, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags. Prohibited items include purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, non-approved seat cushions and chairbacks, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size. Fans can visit the Gameday page on k-statesports.com for more detailed images and information.

Phase 3B Ribbon-Cutting
Fans are welcome to attend a special ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of Phase 3B of the Vanier Family Football Complex prior to Saturday’s game. When stadium gates open at 11:30 a.m., fans are invited to meet at the northeast corner of the concourse for a brief ceremony. Once the ribbon has been cut, fans will be able to walk the new full, 360-degree concourse for the first time. The festivities will include University President General Richard Myers, Athletics Director John Currie, SGA President Jessica Van Ranken and Director of Bands Dr. Frank Tracz. A pep band representing the Pride of Wildcat Land Marching Band will be the first to enter the new section of the stadium which includes the Showcase Stage for the marching band.
                
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.

New Instant Replay Feature
During official reviews this season, fans can tune in to the stadium video boards to see live views and footage of which the replay officials are reviewing.   

Traffic/Parking
Fans traveling westbound on I-70 should be aware of bridge repair work at the east Manhattan exit (Exit 313) reducing the interstate to one lane approaching the exit. Otherwise, traffic in and around Manhattan should be normal for gameday with no major construction projects in progress. Parking lots open at 8:30 a.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.

Ticket Update

Only scattered single and standing-room-only tickets are available for both the FAU and Missouri State games, as the department is expected to announce its 28th-straight sellout at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased through the K-State Athletic Ticket office online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or in person at the main ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum.

Ahearn Fund
A full slate of Ahearn Fund Appreciation Week activities will culminate Saturday as more than 6,000 Ahearn Fund members are expected to attend the annual steak fry located on football practice field south of the Brandeberry Indoor Complex. Service begins at 9 a.m., and concludes promptly at 12:30 p.m.

Capacity Crowd Expected Friday for Soccer Home Opener

K-State will play its inaugural home soccer match Friday in front of an expected overflow crowd at the K-State Soccer Complex. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the 7 p.m. match. Free parking is available in the west lot of Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Standing room only tickets are available by contacting the K-State Athletics ticket office at (800) 221-CATS or by visiting www.kstatesports.com/tickets. Friday night’s game will be broadcast nationally on FOX College Sports Atlantic and K-StateHD.TV. Please check with your cable or satellite provider for availability in your area. A live audio broadcast will also be available on 101.5 KROCK in Manhattan and for free at www.kstatesports.com.