Fans Encouraged to Arrive Early for Auburn Game

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With a sellout crowd of more than 50,000 descending upon Manhattan for Thursday night’s nationally televised football showdown against No. 5 Auburn, fans are asked to arrive as early as possible for the 6:30 p.m., kickoff to ease traffic congestion in the Manhattan area and around Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Stadium and nearby satellite parking lots will open as normal on gameday, five hours prior to kickoff at 1:30 p.m.

Fans who typically park at the Veterinary Medicine Complex on Denison should note that the lot will have limited availability for public parking until 5 p.m. as K-State classes will be in session on Thursday and the lot is restricted to permit parking for K-State faculty, staff and students. However, ample parking is available at the Equestrian Center north of the fire station on Denison.

“We want to encourage our fans to arrive early, remain patient and give themselves plenty of time to get to the stadium on Thursday,” said Athletics Director John Currie. “Our fan base is one of the most dedicated and well-respected contingents in all of college football and I know they are excited to showcase their passion and reputation. This game provides us a unique opportunity to showcase our program, university and community and we look forward to displaying our brand to a national audience.”

Parking in the east and west lots of Bill Snyder Family Stadium is reserved to members of the Ahearn Fund and requires a pass for entry. Paid parking for fans with disabilities is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the east and west stadium lots. To gain entry, guests must display a state-issued accessible license plate or hangtag and present a disability card along with a form of personal identification. All other general public parking is limited to grass parking in Lot 9 east of the stadium, in the paved lot of the Peters Recreation Center or in private satellite lots and parking areas near the stadium.  General public parking fees are $20 for cars.

Kansas State Police, the Riley County Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol will provide staff and monitor traffic flow throughout Manhattan prior to the game as fans travel to the stadium.  Fans are particularly encouraged to be cautious in and around school zones as students are released from school. In particular, Anthony Middle School and Marlatt Elementary School – schools nearest to Bill Snyder Family Stadium – will release students at 2:50 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., respectively.  School zone speed limits will be enforced.

Fans traveling to Manhattan from the south should note there is road construction closing US 77 between K-4 and US 56 just north of the intersection of US 77 and KS 56 in Herington. A detour is posted at the intersection directing traffic from the south to go east on US 56 to K-149, north to K-4, then back west to US 77. Fans may want to evaluate other routes to Manhattan the remainder of the football season as the construction is expected to last into December.

With all tickets sold for Thursday’s football game, athletics officials remind fans still seeking tickets to be certain of their authenticity before purchasing. Often in high-demand situations fans purchase unauthorized ticket, so it’s truly ‘buyer beware’ if someone purchases a ticket from a source other than the K-State Athletics ticket office or K-State Athletics’ official ticket reseller Vivid Seats.  University policy prohibits solicitations, including ticket scalping, on the grounds of the sports complex.