K-State to play game at Sprint Center

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State will play Florida A&M in a men’s basketball game on Monday, Dec. 17 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., athletic department officials announced on Wednesday.  Game time is set for 7 p.m.


 “We think this is a great opportunity to give our fans and alumni in the Kansas City area a chance to see us play in a world-class arena,” said Kansas State head coach Frank Martin.  “This is an area that we think is very crucial to the future of our program.”


The game will be considered Kansas State’s home contest and included in the season-ticket package for Wildcat fans, excluding students whose season ticket does not contain games played during the semester break.  However, K-State students will be able to purchase tickets at the special rate of $10 through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office.  Season-ticket holders will receive their tickets for the game in a separate mailing.


All other available tickets will cost $25 and go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at (816) 931.3330 or ordering online at Ticketmaster.com.


The Sprint Center is the cornerstone of more than $4.5 billion revitalization of downtown Kansas City.  The 18,500-seat arena will play host to numerous sporting events, including the 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s First and Second Rounds and 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional Finals and Semifinals.  


The contest will mark the Wildcats’ first regular-season neutral site game in Kansas City since playing in the BMA Holiday Classic in December 1991.  K-State last played in the city during the 2005 Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament, where the squad upset Texas A&M in the first round before losing to Kansas in the quarterfinals.  The school’s last regular season game in the city came against UMKC on Dec. 30, 2003.


Kansas City has been an integral part of the history of the Kansas State program, playing host to the conference holiday tournament for nearly 40 years from 1943 to 1979 and to 27 Big Eight/12 Postseason Conference Tournaments between 1977 and 2007.  The city has also served as the host for eight of the Wildcats’ NCAA Tournament games, including the 1948 and 1964 Final Fours. 


Florida A&M is one of at least eight teams Kansas State will face that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2006-07, where the Rattlers lost to Niagara, 77-69, in the opening round game in Dayton, Ohio on March 13.  The team compiled a 21-14 overall record and finished second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference standings with a 12-6 mark before winning three games in four days to capture the conference tournament.  The squad returns two starters and nine overall lettermen from last season.


This will be the second overall meeting between Kansas State and Florida A&M and the first since the Wildcats earned a 93-48 win over the Rattlers at home on Nov. 27, 1990.  K-State is 14-0 all-time against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.


About the Sprint Center
Sprint Center is Kansas City’s new home for sports, concerts, family shows, collegiate competitions, tournaments and special events. An anchor to a revitalized downtown Kansas City, Sprint Center is a unique public/private partnership between the City of Kansas City and AEG.


Sprint Center will host more than 90 public events throughout the year and feature smaller rooms for private meetings, seminars, receptions, charity functions and other special events. Nearly 1 million guests are expected to visit Sprint Center in its inaugural year. For more information, visit www.sprintcenter.com.