KC Catbackers to Host Family Fun Night

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas City Catbackers will hold their annual K-State Football Banquet and Family Fun Night on Wednesday, April 30, at Sporting Park in Kansas City as members of the Wildcat football program will be featured guests.

Doors to the event will open at 5 p.m. The program, emceed by the Voice of the Wildcats Wyatt Thompson, will consist of appearances from head coach Bill Snyder, current players, Willie the Wildcat, K-State Cheerleaders, and Athletics Department staff.

Advance tickets are available for $35, while admission will be $45 at the door and children 12 and under can participate for $5 each. Each ticket includes admission to the event, tours of Sporting KC Park and hors d’oeuvres. Other activities will also include a cash bar, photo booth, kids game area, donation drawings and both silent and live auctions. For more information, visit www.kccatbackers.com.

K-State is currently in the midst of spring drills as tickets for both the April 26 Purple/White spring game as well as the seven-game 2014 schedule are now on sale. For more information regarding tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.k-statesports.com. A copy of the 2014 ticket brochure is available online now at k-statesports.com.

K-State returns 41 letterwinners - 17 on offense, 21 on defense and three specialists - from a team that turned a 2-4 start to the 2013 season into an 8-5 finish that was capped by a 31-14 victory over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. The Wildcats won six of their final seven games as they became just the eighth of 630 FBS teams in the BCS era (1998) to start a season 2-4 or worse and finish with eight wins. Additionally, K-State won its first bowl game in 11 years.

The Wildcats also bring back 14 starters from the 2013 season, including eight that earned All-Big 12 honors. Highlighting the list is a pair of Second Team All-Americans in Tyler Lockett and Ryan Mueller, who were also named the 2013 Big 12 Special Teams and Defensive Lineman of the Year, respectively.

K-State opens the 2014 campaign on Saturday, August 30, when the Wildcats host Stephen F. Austin at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The sixth annual K-State Family Reunion game kicks off a seven-game home slate that is highlighted by a Thursday-night primetime matchup with BCS National Championship Runner-Up Auburn on September 18, while K-State hosts Big 12 foes Texas Tech, Texas, Oklahoma State and Kansas.