July 27, 2012
By Mark Janssen
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The word from Kansas State’s athletic ticket office is to be proactive.
“Our hope is to sell out of each of our seven home games,” said K-State Assistant Athletics Director for Ticketing and Fan Strategies Scott Garrett. “I can tell you that from last year, we are well ahead on all of our sales from one year ago on this date.”
That starts with general season tickets, which are up by roughly 3,500 tickets from one year ago at the end of July. The year-end total last year was 34,796, which was the highest figure since the 2007 season. Roughly, those numbers included just under 28,000 general season tickets and 7,000 student season tickets for the 34,796 total.
In addition, Garrett said, “Our single-game sales are up versus this date last year about 50 percent. What that means to our fans is that our ticket inventory is substantially less this year from this time last year. If fans want to be sure of individual game tickets, they need to act as soon as possible.”
The feature non-conference game will be on Sept. 8, when the Wildcats host the Miami Hurricanes in an 11 a.m., kickoff at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. It was a year ago that K-State edged Miami, 28-24, at Sun Life Stadium.
Outside of Big 12 games, playing Miami will mark the fourth BCS-type opponent to enter Bill Snyder Family Stadium since 2002. The ‘Cats entertained UCLA in 2010, faced off against No. 8 –ranked Louisville in 2006 and played No. 11-ranked USC in 2002.
Other 2012 non-conference home dates include Sept. 1 against Missouri State and Sept. 15 against North Texas. Both games will have 6 p.m., starts.
For both Missouri State and North Texas, K-State is offering the Wildcat 4 Pack for $75. Those orders must be received by Aug. 1. For both games there is also a Military discount of $15 and a special $15 per ticket cost for groups purchasing at least 20 seats.
For the North Texas game, there is also a $10 discount with the purchase of a ticket for the Miami game.
Rounding out K-State’s home season will be Big 12 contests against KU on Oct. 6, Texas Tech on Oct. 27, Oklahoma State on Nov. 3, and Texas on Dec. 1.
“We have tickets available for all of our games, but for Kansas we have a very limited number of tickets,” said Garrett. “But again, for all Big 12 games the quantity of tickets we have available is not a lot. In the past, games would typically sell out the week of the game. This year I’ll be surprised if games aren’t sold out well ahead of the week of the game.”
Ticket prices and promotions:
• KU -- $85 premium bench; $75 bench
• Texas Tech -- $65 premium bench; $55 bench; $99 Wildcat 4 Pack if ordered by Oct. 1; $20 military discount; $20 for groups of at least 20; $20 Alumni Association members discount if ordered by Aug. 31; $70 Texas combo which includes Tech game and Texas game
• Oklahoma State -- $65 premium bench; $55 bench; $99 Wildcat 4 Pack if ordered by Oct. 1; $20 military discount; $20 for groups of at least 20; $70 Texas combo which includes OSU and Texas game
• Texas -- $65 premium bench; $55 bench; $99 Wildcat 4 Pack if ordered by Oct. 1; $20 military discount; $20 for groups of at least 20; $70 Texas combo if ticket is paired with either Texas Tech or O-State game.
Garrett said that the majority of the single-game sales would be in the south end zone and the view level of the east side.
Special days during the year include the 4th Annual K-State Family Reunion and post-game fireworks for the Missouri State game; Harley Day for the Miami game; Band Day and University Family Day for the North Texas game; Homecoming for the Texas Tech game; Fort Riley Day and Cats 4 Cans for the Oklahoma State game; and, Senior Day and Fan Appreciation Day for the Texas game.
Tickets are also available for K-State road games to Oklahoma on Sept. 22 ($82), Iowa State on Oct. 13 ($65), West Virginia on Oct. 20 ($60), TCU on Nov. 10 ($60) and Baylor on Nov. 17 ($50).
For Big 12 games, visiting teams can request 3,800 tickets. Teams then have the opportunity to return tickets they don’t believe they will sell a month before the game. Garrett said the number of tickets returned generally varies depending on how well that team is playing at the time.
Garrett said that K-State season tickets are scheduled to be mailed to fans by the first week of August.
FALL FOOTBALL KICKOFF: K-State fans should mark their calendars for Aug. 18 as that will be Fall Football Kickoff Day (formerly Fan Appreciation Day) at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The starting time and additional details will be announced later.
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