Record Season Tickets Sales Welcome Wildcats

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The No. 23 Kansas State volleyball team plays its home opener at 7 p.m. Tuesday against UMKC at Ahearn Field House where there will be a record number of season ticket holders watching the Wildcats. The K-State Athletic Department is offering season ticket holders reserved seating for the first time at Ahearn for volleyball matches.

"We're very excited about an opportunity to upgrade our fan experience," Head Coach Suzie Fritz said. "This will give our loyal volleyball fans an opportunity to select their seat for the season. We want to thank our fans and show them we appreciate their continued support of our team and our program, and this is one way to do that."

The effort to give fans an even better experience at volleyball matches has resulted in more than 250 season tickets being sold, more than doubling the previous record set last season. That number should continue to climb as ticket options remain available. Season ticket holders can also choose their seat for the 15 action-packed home matches at Ahearn with select areas reserved for them.

"More than doubling the record for volleyball season tickets is tremendous," Athletic Director John Currie said. "It is an exciting time at K-State with our nationally-ranked volleyball team opening up at home and the Family Reunion this weekend. Our fans continue to amaze me with their support and we are looking forward to seeing everyone inside Ahearn Field House."

Some season ticket holders have already selected their seats with the first opportunity to reserve seats coming at the Purple/White Scrimmage. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for season ticket holders to give them another opportunity to select a reserved seat before the gates open to the general public.

The Wildcats regularly rank among the top 25 in attendance nationally for volleyball averaging more than 1,500 fans in Ahearn last season. With the increase in season ticket holders combined with the Purple Pit student section, K-State volleyball matches are sure to be even more exciting in 2009.

K-State fans have their first opportunity to pack Ahearn on Tuesday against UMKC (2-2) as the Wildcats (0-2) take on the Kangaroos. K-State is coming off two heartbreaking losses to two of the nation's top teams in Minnesota and Michigan after nearly completing comebacks against both at the Runza/AVCA Showcase this weekend.

Season tickets are still available to K-State volleyball matches for just $50 with faculty and staff receiving a $10 discount as well, Family Packs include two adult and two children's tickets for $100.

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