SE: Fans Enjoy Time with K-State Football

There was a familiar buzz from fans inside Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday. But don’t worry, you didn’t miss the start of the college football season.

K-State fans watched the final hour of practice and listened to head coach Bill Snyder and the 2015 captains speak before descending upon Wagner Field to seek autographs from their favorite K-State players and coaches at K-State’s annual Academy Sports + Outdoors Fan Appreciation Day.

Dave Taylor was one of those fans, and he believes that the interaction between the fans and players is what makes the event special.

“I like fan day because we get to come down and be face to face with the players,” Taylor said. “It makes it more real on Saturday when you see them play.”

For other fans, like Ryan Fike, the highlight of fan day is getting to see their kids meet the players.

“The kids get to get down on the field and see some of the guys,” Fike said. “That is the best part, getting to meet the players and then the kids getting to run around on the field.”

Some fans, like Cami Walker, were taking in their first Fan Appreciation Day.

“It was my first time coming to fan day, and it has been such a great experience,” Walker said. “We have really enjoyed it. It is a beautiful day and it was great to see the players.”

Walker went on to say that her favorite part of the day was being able to hear the captains address the crowd.

“It was nice to see the captains talk,” Walker said. “I do not usually see them talk this early in the season, so it was nice to pick them out early in the season. I thought that was nice.”

One of the highlights for many of the fans in attendance was being able to see the new Vanier Complex in person.

Joe Kennedy had been keeping up with the construction and was really excited to have the opportunity to finally see the new building.

“It is incredible. We have been watching the construction online and it is absolutely fantastic. Watching the kids go through it and seeing how wonderful it is, it is going to do a great job for our recruiting.

Other fans shared similar sentiments about the new building, describing it as “incredible” and “fantastic.”

Fike, who is from Lawrence, believes the new building puts the Wildcats amongst the best in college football.

“It is really amazing,” he said. “It makes us look like the real deal.”

Fike also went on to exclaim that as a K-State fan in Lawrence, the fall was a lot of fun and the new building is just another bragging point.

The K-State family was out in full force to support their team on Saturday, and in just three short weeks, they will return to watch the same players they met at fan day take the field for competition.

Fan Appreciation Day is a like a pre-family reunion prior to K-State’s Family Reunion Game, a tradition that began Snyder’s first year back at the helm in 2009. It is about reconnecting with the family members that you do not get to see on a regular basis.

It is a chance to introduce yourself to those that you have never met before. For Kennedy, it is what made the whole experience special.

“The best part is getting to meet the players and realizing how fantastic they are and what great kids they are,” Kennedy said. “It really is all about family and they epitomize what K-State is all about.”

K-State starts its 120th season of football on Saturday, September 5, against the South Dakota Coyotes. The game is set to start at 6:10 p.m., and will be aired world-wide on K-StateHD.TV. K-State Gameday, an hour-long pregame show, will begin at 5:10 p.m.

Fans can purchase tickets by contacting the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at or 1-800-221-CATS. Visiting teams will have opportunities to return unused tickets up to a month prior to their visit. Stay tuned to for information regarding returned ticket availability. All returned tickets will be sold at the full public rate and season ticket wait list accounts will have first opportunity to purchase.

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