Bucking the National Trend: Student Passes a Hot Commodity

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The student sections at both Bill Snyder Family Stadium and Bramlage Coliseum will be packed with purple once again in 2014-15 as K-State Athletics announced today that more than 9,300 total student passes have been sold for the upcoming football and men’s basketball seasons.

Wildcat students have set an all-time record for basketball/football combo tickets sold as fewer than 100 remain before reaching a season sellout of 7,000 combo passes. The number of total student passes sold for the upcoming season also marks the second straight year that students have surpassed the 9,300 mark, doing its part to run K-State’s consecutive sellout streak at Bill Snyder Family Stadium to 20 games with a full season sellout expected in 2014.

“At a time when others around college athletics may be experiencing a decline in student attendance and ticket sales, we are reminded once again how fortunate we are at K-State for the incredible support of the best students in the country,” Athletics Director John Currie said. “I appreciate our ongoing relationship with the Student Governing Association and SGA President Reagan Kays and want to thank the incredible number of students who will invest their personal time and energy into K-State Athletics this year.”

The purple clad section at Bill Snyder Family Stadium has been tabbed as one of the best in the Big 12 and in all of college football by numerous publications, in addition to opposing head coaches such as Art Briles (Baylor) and Pete Carroll (former USC), and Wildcat head coach Bill Snyder will be the first to emphasize the impact it has had on the success of K-State football.

“Our student body has meant so very much to our program, and the passion displayed has such a dramatic impact on our student-athletes on the playing field,” Snyder said. “As the season is about to get underway, I know our students will join us in supporting their program by filling the “family stadium” with caring passionate K-Staters. I appreciate them for caring so much for their university, their football program and our student-athletes.”

The same can be said for Bramlage Coliseum where Wildcat fans have helped the men’s program rank among the Top 35 nationally in attendance in seven of the past eight years.

“We look forward to record student crowds in Bramlage Coliseum this season,” Head Coach Bruce Weber said. “The support of the biggest and best student-section in the Big 12 is what transforms Bramlage Coliseum into the ‘Octagon of Doom.’ Our players can’t wait to play in front of their classmates again later this fall.”

A very limited number of football only or football & men’s basketball general admission student passes remain.  Students are encouraged to order through their student account throughout the remainder of the week, or at the east ticket booth on Saturday beginning at 4 p.m.

"One of the great things about the onset of the fall semester is that football and basketball seasons are right around the corner,” Kays said. “Our students continue to be strong supporters of our athletic teams and are excited to support their fellow classmates this season beginning with Saturday night’s football game."