Sales Going Strong at K-State

Head Coach Bill Snyder

July 15, 2011

By Mark Janssen - K-State Sports Extra

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It was back in 1989 that newly named Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder’s message to Wildcat fans was simply asking for their support.

He didn’t promise a certain number of wins, but only said that nothing would help the progress of the program more than a stadium full of purple-clad Wildcat fans.

Entering the 2011 season with the September 3, opener against Eastern Kentucky being less than two months away, K-State’s message to its fans remains the same, and so has the response.

“We’re finding the mood of our fans to be fantastic,” said K-State Assistant Athletics Director for Ticketing and Fan Strategies Scott Garrett. “They are positive, ready for Wildcat Football and excited about the schedule that will have five Big 12 teams coming into Bill Snyder Family Stadium. They are anticipating a chance to go to back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 2002 and 2003.”

As of late-June, season ticket sales were running roughly 500 ahead of last year’s pace. Total sales for the 2010 season were 35,125, which included 28,000-plus general public sales and nearly 7,000 student passes. That was up by almost 3,000 season tickets over 2009.

Bill Snyder Family Stadium was filled to 99.6 percent capacity in 2010, which ranked No. 21 in the nation.

“We are hoping to go over 36,000 for the first time since 2007,” said Garrett on the goal for season-ticket sales. “We already have 400 new accounts, which is roughly 900 season tickets from first-time season ticket holders. That number is higher than it has typically been.”

K-State hopes that a ticket momentum can be established with a sellout of the Eastern Kentucky game, which will serve as the annual K-State Family Reunion.

“It’s our way to recognize the importance of the K-State family and how great Wildcat fans are,” said Garrett. “This group of 50,000-plus fans hasn’t been together in nearly a year, so it’s time to get back together in Manhattan again as a K-State family and have some fun.”

It’s the third-annual “Reunion” game with the others – UMass in 2009 and UCLA in 2010 – being sellouts. “That’s what we need again, K-State fans helping continue their tradition of support,” said Garrett. “The Family Reunion is only 50 days away. Fans that purchase tickets now for the home opener are helping create what will be a tremendous start to the season on September 3.”

Last year, sellouts after the opening record-setting UCLA game included Central Florida, Oklahoma State and Nebraska.

K-State is offering a 4-Pack for $75 for the Eastern Kentucky game, plus the Kent State game on September 17. In addition, there will be a $10 ticket for those with a military I.D. Also, group sales of 12-49 can be purchased for $20 per ticket, or group sales of over 50 for $10 per ticket for the first two games.

Big 12 home games will be against Baylor on October 1, Missouri on October 8, Oklahoma on October 29, Texas A&M on November 12, and Iowa State on December 3.

“This seven-game home season is exciting to all of us as there will be a chance to see some teams that haven’t come through here for several years,” said Garrett. “K-State home games are among the most affordable in the Big 12. The cost of a season ticket is about 80-percent of what it would cost to buy each game individually, and the per-game cost is less than last year.”

Here’s a sampling of what K-State is offering during the Big 12 season:

BAYLOR, October 1Fort Riley Day … $35 to $55 … $20 military ticket … 4-Pack for $99 if ordered by September 1 … Group sales of 12-49 for $30 per ticket and group sales of 50-plus for $20 per ticket … opportunity to donate a ticket to a Fort Riley soldier or family member for $20 if ordered by September 23.

MISSOURI, October 8Harley Day … $50 to $65 … group sales of 12 or more for $40 per ticket … couple your ticket with an Iowa State ticket for a total of only $85 … receive a $10 discount with purchase of a Baylor ticket.

OKLAHOMA, October 29Homecoming … $65 … members of the Alumni Association can purchase tickets for $40 by September 1 … couple your ticket with an Iowa State ticket for a total of only $85.

TEXAS A&M, Nov. 12 – $50 to $65 … group tickets of 12 or more are $40 per ticket … pair your ticket with an Iowa State ticket for only $85.

IOWA STATE, December 3Senior Day, Fan Appreciation Day … $35 to $55 … 4-Pack for $99 if ordered by November 1 … groups of 12 or more $30 per ticket and groups of 50 or more for $20 per ticket … pair your ticket with MU, OU or A&M for a total of only $85.

Tickets are available online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets and by calling 1-800-221-CATS.

OTHER TICKET NEWS:

VOLLEYBALL: “Experiencing a match in Ahearn Field House is a great environment,” said Garrett. “A crowd of 3,000 or more makes a huge difference and can significantly impact a match.”

Last year, K-State’s 1,949 per match attendance figure ranked 18th in the nation, while an all-time high of season tickets were sold.

General admission season tickets are on sale for just $50 each, or a 4-Pack for a total of $120. Volleyball season ticket holders can receive $10 off each season ticket when they also purchase women’s basketball season tickets. 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: K-State’s average of 4,068 per home game ranked 24th in the nation.

Season tickets are available now and begin at just $50 each with the $200 Wildcat 4-Pack of general admission tickets. Season ticket holders receive the benefit of a rollover ticket program, allowing fans to redeem unused tickets for general admission tickets to games later in the season, as well as 2 complimentary tickets to the home volleyball match against Creighton on August 30 where the women’s basketball coaches and student-athletes will host a meet-and-greet and autograph session.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: K-State averaged 12,652 last year, which ranked 26th in the nation.

Last year, the arena was sold out through approximately 8,000 season tickets and over 4,000 student passes.  Fans interested in new season tickets are encouraged to complete an official waiting list application at www.k-statesports.com/tickets or by calling the ticket office. Waiting list applicants will be contacted in athletic department priority point order in September with available seating options.

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