K-State Fans Eye September 3

Brodrick Smith

Aug. 20, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - With just two weeks left before the 2011 football season opener, members of the K-State family gathered on the playing field of Bill Snyder Family Stadium to meet their favorite Wildcats as Kansas State held its annual Football Kickoff, presented by K-State Credit Union, on Saturday.

The evening's activities, which included an open practice and autograph session, wrapped up the Wildcats' fall training camp as classes begin at K-State on Monday. K-State's opener is 14 days away as the Wildcats host Eastern Kentucky on September 3.

Head coach Bill Snyder received a warm introduction from the 1,000-plus fans in attendance, and following his message to the crowd, he introduced the 2011 senior class, coaching staff and had each captain address the crowd. Snyder then took a seat at the 50-yard line and signed autographs until the last fan was remaining.

"As I have said many times, our entire football program appreciates each and every one of our fans and what they mean to our football program, athletics department and Kansas State University," Snyder said. "Our fans, in my time here, have been truly special in so many ways. Kansas State University is a very unique place, and I appreciate so very much the support and passion of the people here that make it so special."

With the season opener just two weeks away, both those inside and outside of the program are looking forward to the September 3 season opener, including quarterback Collin Klein.

"We all appreciate the support that our fans have shown throughout this offseason and through fall camp," Klein said. "So many people are instrumental in making this football program run smoothly, and I appreciate each and every one of those individuals. We are all working extremely hard and are looking forward to a great season, beginning September 3 against Eastern Kentucky."

Last season, the Wildcats drew a home-opening record crowd of 51,059 for the UCLA game and are looking for their third straight season-opening sellout crowd. Kickoff for the third annual K-State Family Reunion against Eastern Kentucky is set for 6:10 p.m. The game will be distributed live across the globe in high definition on the newly-launched K-StateHD.TV network. To subscribe to the network, visit www.k-statehd.tv.

To order tickets for the season opener, or any of the seven exciting home games in 2011, fans can call the ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS, visit k-statesports.com/tickets or stop by the ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum, which is open 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.