Alumni Association Offering Las Vegas Package

MANHATTAN, Kan. The K-State Alumni Association is offering Wildcat fans the opportunity to join the men’s basketball team in the city that never sleeps when it participates in the Findley Toyota Las Vegas Holiday Classic Dec. 21-24.


The eight-team field includes marquee teams K-State, Southern California, New Mexico and Wichita State. The Wildcats open the tournament on Friday, Dec. 22 against USC then will face either the Lobos or Shockers on Saturday, Dec. 23.


"We are pleased to offer Wildcat fans this exciting chance to join Coach Bob Huggins and his team in a popular destination city during the holidays," said Amy Button Renz '76, '86, Alumni Association president. "We also look forward to a great response to this trip to demonstrate to Coach Huggins why K-Staters are regarded as some of the best fans in the country. He's heard many times how well the purple faithful travels to support their teams, and now it's time to show him firsthand.”


The travel package includes group air transportation from Kansas City and three nights’ accommodations at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, the tournament headquarters where the Wildcats will stay. Travelers will depart on Thursday, Dec. 21, and arrive back on Sunday, Dec. 24. The trip is being coordinated by Dodds Athletic Tours. Individual air travel arrangements also can be made through Dodds. Tom Roesler ’99, 04, associate director of K-State alumni programs, will host the trip.


Cost of the air and land package ranges from $841 per person quad-occupancy to $1,199 single-occupancy, and includes airline ticket, three nights’ lodging, game tickets, pre-game gatherings and daily breakfasts, round-trip shuttle transfers to all tournament games, engraved name badge and luggage tags. The land-only package ranges from $476 per person quad-occupancy to $834 single-occupancy.


A $500 deposit per person is required with reservation and is due by Sept. 15. Balance of payment is due Oct. 1. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Cancellations made prior to Sept. 15 will carry a penalty of $100/person. There will be no refund for cancellations made after Oct. 1.


The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino features more than a dozen restaurants, 60,000 square feet of shopping, tropical lagoon with real sand beaches, five swimming pools and five Jacuzzi-style spas.  For more information about the trip, call Dodds Athletic Tours at (800) 553-5527 or visit Information also is available on the K-State Alumni Association's Web site at


The K-State Alumni Association is dedicated to providing services and programs for more than 39,000 members. Alumni programs include reunions, student recruitment, pregame events, travel opportunities, student scholarships and other events for K-Staters across the country. For membership information, check the Alumni Association Web site at or call 1-800-600-ALUM (2586).