Stadium dedication plans announced

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's football facility, renamed Bill Snyder Family Stadium in honor of the winningest football coach in school history by a proclamation of the Kansas Board of Regents on Nov. 16, 2005, will officially be dedicated as such during the Wildcats' 2006 season opener vs. Illinois State on Sept. 2, Athletics Department officials announced today.

The dedication will take place prior to the game, which kicks off at 6:10 p.m., and will include an on-field ceremony with Coach Snyder, a video tribute highlighting his incredible career at K-State and a public unveiling of the new stadium signage.

Athletics Department officials are asking fans to arrive inside the stadium early for the recognition of the man who put K-State football on the map.

"This dedication will be a celebration of one of the greatest college football coaches the game has ever known," Associate Athletics Director Laura Tietjen said. "We want to encourage our fans to participate in the stadium dedication and we certainly don't want any of them to miss out on the opportunity to publicly express their appreciation to Coach Snyder, which is why we are suggesting that they arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to kick-off."

Athletics Department officials also announced that tickets remain available for the game.

Fans interested in ordering either season tickets or single-game tickets for the Illinois State game ($35) may do so in person at the K-State Athletic Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum, by calling 1-800-221-CATS or online at The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.