K-State and Iowa State to Play at Arrowhead

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State is set to make its fifth and sixth appearances at Arrowhead Stadium as the Wildcats and Iowa State have agreed to move their Big 12 Conference football games in 2009 and 2010 to the home of the Kansas City Chiefs, athletics director Bob Krause has announced.

“We have over 25,000 alums in the Kansas City area and the relocation of these two games with Iowa State to Kansas City and Arrowhead Stadium provides an opportunity for us to grow our fan base in the area,” Krause said. “Additionally, Kansas City is a popular destination for many of our fans from Kansas and surrounding states as demonstrated by the unparalleled support at our previous four Arrowhead contests.”

The Wildcats, who are 3-1 all-time at Arrowhead Stadium, opened and closed the regular season at Arrowhead back in 2003 as K-State upended No. 1 Oklahoma for the Big 12 Championship after opening the year with a win over Cal in the BCA Classic.

“Showcasing our brand on a potentially national stage and in a NFL facility is a tremendous asset to our program,” head coach Ron Prince said. “The Kansas City metro area is an important market for our institution. We couldn’t be more pleased to face our North division opponent in Arrowhead Stadium, and be hosted by a first-class organization like the Hunt family and the Kansas City Chiefs.”

K-State, which will play its first-ever regular season Big 12 game at a neutral site in 2009, also played Iowa at Arrowhead back in the 2000 Eddie Robinson Classic and dropped a 27-24 decision to Oklahoma in the 2000 Big 12 Championship game.

The Wildcats are slated to play seven home games at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in 2009, with the neutral site matchup with the Cyclones on October 3 replacing the road trip to Ames. The 2010 season will still have six home games in Manhattan plus the neutral site game against Iowa State on October 9 in Kansas City.

“The Kansas City Chiefs organization initiated discussions with both institutions this summer and offered financial incentives that were very compelling,” Krause added. “Both programs are excited about this opportunity and with across-the-board costs ever-increasing, we felt this move was a great opportunity for both institutions to be creative and find additional sources of revenue. Several teams in the Big 12 Conference have gone to scheduling both conference and non-conference neutral site games in recent years.”

Tickets for both games at Arrowhead Stadium will be available through the K-State Ticket Office, Arrowhead Stadium Box Office or online at www.kcchiefs.com but will not be a part of K-State’s season ticket package for either season. Tickets made available to K-State will be allotted to season ticket holders and donors based on the priority point system.