K-State Announces Season Ticket Plan

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State Athletics Department has announced that season football ticket prices will remain unchanged for the six-game home slate in 2009, the first with Bill Snyder back in charge as head coach of the Wildcats.

Fans renewing their season tickets in full by March 2 will receive a $10 discount on processing fees, said Kurt McGuffin, Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations. In addition, fans renewing their tickets online utilizing the eCheck direct-draw option will receive an additional $10 reduction in fees.

K-State is holding steady on the cost of tickets, particularly in light of the current economic situation. Public season bench seating in Bill Snyder Family Stadium is priced at $300 and chairback seating $335, the same price levels that have been in place since the 2006 season. 

“The return of Coach Snyder has all of Wildcat Nation anxious for the 2009 season,” McGuffin said.  “Our goal is to give our fans every opportunity to join in the excitement and give Coach Snyder and his team the support they deserve.”

For the first time, fans renewing their season tickets may take advantage of a new payment plan option at no extra cost. Those who renew before March 2 can elect to split the cost into five equal payments, which will be processed on the second day of March, April, May, June and July. If renewal information is received after March 2, the total will be billed in four equal installments on April 2, May 2, June 2 and July 2. Those who are enrolled in the payment plan option will not receive the “early bird” discount.

Those interested in purchasing new season tickets can do so beginning Monday, February 23, in person at the Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum, by calling 1-800-221-CATS or online here at www.k-statesports.com. Seating location and allocation will be determined at a later date after all renewal orders and upgrade requests have been processed.

A Young Alumni ticket package is available at only $178 for K-State graduates who received their undergraduate degree since December 2004. New for the 2009 season is a four-pack season ticket option in the north end zone seating for just $800.

The 2009 spring game is schedule for May 2 and tickets for that contest will be sent via email in a convenient “print at home” format.  A $10 handling fee will be charged for those interested in having their spring game tickets mailed, said Robin Fosha, Director of Ticket Operations.

Fosha said donors to the Ahearn Scholarship Fund and season-ticket holders will receive seating priority on single-game orders, which must be received by July 2. Single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public July 14 and fans interested in purchasing tickets to the October 3 game against Iowa State at Arrowhead Stadium need to do so separately from their season tickets. The orders for the Iowa State game must be received by April 22 to receive priority seating as a season-ticket holder.

McGuffin announced that the required per-seat contribution for donor sections in Bill Snyder Family Stadium will increase by $50. This increase applies to the tax-deductible required per-seat donation only. Minimum contributions tied to donor parking on either side of Bill Snyder Family Stadium will not be increased. Seating sections in the south endzone and east upper deck not previously designated as donor areas will not be affected.

A major change has been made in donor seating locations in the stadium. Section 22 in the lower bowl on the east sideline is now available to Ahearn donors while Sections 421 and 429 in the upper deck will no longer require a per-seat contribution.  

This increase is the first since the original donor seating plan was implemented in 2002 as a means of addressing rising costs. Since 2002, tuition has increased each year a cumulative 45 percent, and is expected to rise another 4 percent this year. The other major component of athletic scholarship expense room and board has increased by 28 percent.

The per-seat donation is an annual contribution to the Ahearn Fund helping K-State Athletics provide the financial assistance which helps underwrite the educational expenses for more than 450 young men and women. These pledges for success help create an environment that supports the educational objectives, academic progress and general welfare of student-athletes, and allows them to consistently compete for championships while benefiting the whole university community.

Currently, just more than half of the seating sections in Bill Snyder Family Stadium are considered donor areas (not including premium seats and student sections) that require the per-seat donation. Ahearn Fund contributions are due on June 30 and season tickets will not be mailed until the account is paid in full. In regards to parking, the minimum donation required for reserved parking remains at $1,000 and $500 for VIP parking. The per-seat donations count toward the parking minimum.

“Our main goal is to provide our student-athletes the best opportunity to be successful on the field and in the classroom,” said McGuffin.  “To do this, we need to fully fund scholarships for our student-athletes through the Ahearn Fund, which will also open up additional revenues for other operating expenses.”

For more information and to view the seating plan map visit www.ahearnfund.com. For questions about tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS or here at www.k-statesports.com.

2009 Kansas State Football Ticket Timeline

March 2 Early bird discount ends; First payment due on payment plans

April 2 Football season ticket renewals due; Second payment due on payment plans

April 21 Spring Game tickets emailed

May 2 2009 Spring Game; Third payment due on payment plans

June 2 Fourth payment due on payment plans

July 2 Final payment due on payment plans; Single-game priority deadline for season ticket holders

July 14 Single-game tickets go on sale to the general public

July 28 Season tickets mailed

August 3 Single-game ticket orders mailed