Aug. 25, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Fans traveling to Manhattan for K-State's season-opening football game September 3 are being advised by law enforcement officials to allow for extra time on their trip as several major road construction projects in and around the city could impact game-day traffic.
The most significant of the projects is the continuing work on K-18 between Ogden and Manhattan on the west side of the city. During much of the 2011 football season, the roadway will be reduced to a single lane in each direction from Wildcat Creek Road on the west to Scenic Drive on the east, officials said.
The project, when completed in the fall of 2013, will complete the upgrade of K-18 to a four-lane freeway from I-70 to Manhattan.
In addition, fans traveling from both east and west to Manhattan on I-70 will encounter road work. East of Manhattan, repair of the bridges spanning Deep Creek Road (mile marker 316) has resulted in traffic being reduced to one lane in each direction over the bridges. Construction is scheduled to be completed in late September.
West of Manhattan on I-70, pavement is being patched in both the eastbound and westbound lanes at various points from approximately 8 miles east of Abilene to the Geary/Riley County line. Traffic will be carried through the construction with the use of lane closures with the project scheduled for completion in mid-November.
Near Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Claflin Road between Seth Child Road and Beechwood Terrace is under construction as new turn lanes and stormwater improvements are made. Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction. Construction is scheduled to continue throughout the fall.
"We recognize these various projects will present some inconvenience, so we are encouraging our fans to depart a little earlier for the stadium to avoid traffic congestion and enjoy additional time tailgating before and after the game," said Casey Scott, Associate Athletics Director for Operations.
As for parking around Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Scott noted that construction of the Basketball Training Facility on the east side of Bramlage Coliseum and the ongoing expansion of the Peters Recreation Center have reduced capacity in the stadium's east parking lot and the lots adjacent to the Recreation Complex. There are approximately 300 less parking stalls available in those areas.
However, additional public parking has been opened near the Equine Center north and east of the fire station on Denison Avenue and north of the sheep grazing lot on Denison. Fans coming to the stadium from the east who find the satellite lots full along Kimball Avenue may access the Equine and sheep lots by turning north on College Avenue to Marlatt Avenue, then south on Denison.
All parking lots around Bill Snyder Family Stadium open five hours prior to kickoff. Parking in the east and west lots of the stadium is reserved for 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 on campus. General public parking fees are $15 for cars.
The Wildcats open the 2011 season September 3 against Eastern Kentucky in the third annual K-State Family Reunion. Tickets for the opener, which kicks at 6:10 p.m., are going fast as fewer than 2,500 seats remain available. The game will also be broadcast live across the globe in high definition on K-StateHD.TV beginning with K-State Gameday, featuring Mark Simoneau, at 5:15 p.m.
To order tickets for the season opener, or any of the seven exciting home games in 2011, fans can call the ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS, visit k-statesports.com/tickets or stop by the ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum. For information on K-StateHD.TV, including subscription details, visit www.k-statehd.tv.