Letter from A.D. John Currie - February 5

We fully anticipate a sold-out crowd of more than 16,000 for the spring game, and based on the early reactions we have seen and heard from fans and our players, the K-State Nation is fired up and ready to pack Sporting Park with purple!Once we ascertained that it was not feasible to play the spring game in BSFS we considered numerous options.  Sporting Park is more than just the most reasonable and creative solution for us while construction continues at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, and it also gives K-State fans a unique opportunity to experience one of the most talked about and state-of-the-art sporting facilities in the country!  The entire Kansas City region is an integral part of President Schulz's K-State 2025 vision of advancing the university into the ranks of the nation's Top 50 public research universities, and this year more than 1,000 K-State freshmen hail from Wyandotte and Johnson counties, an all-time record.  Under the leadership of CEO and Vice Provost Prema Arasu, K-State's Olathe campus is growing fast, already granting advanced degrees and working with many KC-area companies to develop innovative partnerships.  Click here to read more about K-State Olathe.Our entire staff is working hand-in-hand with the K-State Alumni Association, KSU Foundation, President's staff, Office of Admissions and other departments across campus to plan a full day of activities for fans and families of all ages including pre-game hospitality opportunities, interactive games for children and appearances from Willie Wildcat, K-State cheerleaders and also the nation's No. 1 marching band, the Pride of Wildcat Land.Special thanks are in order to our compliance staff, which worked diligently to request and receive a one-time waiver from the NCAA to move our spring game due to safety concerns of the ongoing construction at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.  This waiver was critical as it enables us to host prospective student-athletes in the same manner we would in our on-campus stadium.Tickets for the game, which go on sale to Ahearn Fund members February 23 and to the general public on March 2, will range from a low of $5 to $175 with multiple seating locations and options available. Seats in the South Stand and Member's Stand can be purchased for $10 ($5 for K-State students or groups of 20 or more), while East and West Stand options are available for $15 and $25 each, as well as a 4-pack ticket option for just $50.  Shield Club tickets are $50 each and provide access to the connecting lounge with a la carte premium food and beverage options, while Field Club seats range from $150-$175 and provide pre-game club access including complimentary food and beverage service throughout the game.  Details regarding pre-game hospitality options for Ahearn Fund members will be emailed in the coming weeks.Access to the Boulevard Club is available for Ahearn Fund Members who purchase their game tickets through the Ahearn Fund pre-sale, while fans interested in obtaining a suite are asked to contact the Ahearn Fund at 888.232.9074 by February 23 to receive more details and be placed on the suite waiting list. Approximately 6,000 complimentary parking spaces are available and are located at several lots in The KC Legends area, including Kansas Speedway and CommunityAmerica Ballpark.  Lots will open at 12 p.m., and tailgating is permitted with the exception of the Nebraska Furniture Mart and Cabela's (Lot D) lots.With Sporting Park being just 100 miles from Manhattan we have elected to keep the 31st Annual Powercat Auction in Bramlage Coliseum on its traditional night before the spring game.  Invitations for the April 24 event will be sent to Ahearn Fund members in the coming weeks and will include an option to purchase round-trip tickets on charter buses to Sporting Park for the spring football game and surrounding events the following day.For complete ticket information on the spring game, visit www.k-statesports.com or call 800.221.CATS. The festival atmosphere in Kansas City surrounding the spring game will include numerous department and university-wide activities for families and fans of all ages.  More details will be announced in the coming weeks.Even though my lovely wife would counsel me that this letter is already getting a bit long, I can't sign off without saluting Coach Snyder and the football staff on a great signing day yesterday, which included 24 outstanding young prospects inking their intentions to don K-State Purple.  Click here for a full report.  Having had an opportunity to meet most of these young men on their recruiting visits over the last 12 months, I am very impressed with the job our entire staff continues to do working across Kansas and the nation to identify young men with the intrinsic values and ability to succeed academically and athletically at K-State.Congratulations are also in order to Coach Mittie and our women's basketball team, which last night won their third consecutive Big 12 game with a thrilling upset over No. 19 Texas.  It was awesome to be in Bramlage and see sophomore guard Kindred Wesemann rain in eight (8!!) three-point shots in the victory.  Click here for highlights.Remember that this Saturday's home men's basketball game versus No. 25 Texas tips off at 3 p.m. as we continue to battle through a tough stretch in the nation's very best basketball conference.  We currently sit at 5-5 in the Big 12, so this is a great opportunity to get back on track in front of a big Octagon of Doom home crowd.  Saturday's game also features a Bramlage "Blackout" (click here for details) and can be seen nationally on ESPN.Finally, please click here to read about the latest from Coach Rovelto's nationally-ranked men's and women's indoor track teams which are building momentum toward the upcoming Big 12 and NCAA meets.  Through the winter we've seen outstanding performances and personal bests from a number of our world-class tracksters and this past weekend was no exception!Good luck to all K-State student-athletes training and competing this weekend, and thanks for your faithful support of K-State Athletics.Go Cats!John