Aug. 29, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – With construction of K-18 west of Manhattan still in progress, fans traveling to K-State’s season-opening football game Saturday are advised by law enforcement officials to allow for extra time for their trip.
The ongoing road work on K-18 between Ogden and Manhattan will continue throughout the 2012 football season, reducing the roadway to a single lane in each direction from Wildcat Creek Road on the west to Seth Child Road on the east, officials said.
The project, when completed in 2013, will complete the upgrade of K-18 to a four-lane freeway from I-70 to Manhattan.
Officials from the Kansas Department of Transportation reminded fans that the exit for Scenic Drive is not accessible and all traffic must continue to Seth Child Road before turning north to Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
“For those fans traveling from the west, we highly encourage them allow from more travel time,” said Casey Scott, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Operations. “Traffic on the K-18 stretch will be congested throughout the football season so the earlier fans can get on their way to the stadium, the better.”
As for parking around Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Scott noted that the reserved parking unavailable last season in the east lot due to construction of the Basketball Training Facility is now open with the project nearing completion. Construction of the West Stadium Center on the west side of the football stadium is fully underway but parking in the west lot will be unaffected on game days.
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 $20 for cars.
Additional public parking is available 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.
K-State opens the 2012 season Saturday against Missouri State. While the Missouri State, North Texas, KU and Oklahoma State games are sold out, a very limited number of seats remain for the Miami, Texas Tech and Texas games. Fans can watch Saturday’s season opener live on K-StateHD.TV with kickoff slated for 6:10 p.m.
To purchase tickets fans can visit the ticket office online at www.kstatesports.com, call the ticket office by phone at (800) 221-CATS, or purchase in person at the Bramlage Coliseum Ticket Office between 8:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.