Fans Encouraged to Arrive Early for Nebraska Game

Aubrey Quarles

Oct. 5, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With a sellout crowd of more than 50,000 descending upon Manhattan for Thursday night’s nationally televised Big 12 Conference football showdown against No. 6 Nebraska, 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 be unavailable for football parking as K-State classes will be in session on Thursday. That lot will be 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 $15 for cars.

The Riley County Police Department and Kansas Highway Patrol will be providing additional staffing at designated intersections in the Manhattan area to help control traffic flow and ease congestion prior to the game as fans travel to the stadium.  Pregame traffic control points include 4th and Pierre streets, K-177 and Tuttle Creek Boulevard, K-177 and McDowell Creek Road, K-18 and Wildcat Creek, and Denison and Kimball.

Law enforcement personnel are also advising fans to follow the designated post-game routes as indicated on the traffic map available on the Wildcat Gameweek page at www.k-statesports.com.

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 through k-statesports.com’s Powercat Exchange. University policy prohibits solicitations, including ticket scalping, on the grounds of the sports complex.