March 5, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will open the 2013 football season with a special Friday night kickoff as its opener against North Dakota State has been selected to help debut FOX Sports 1 in a national primetime telecast on Friday, August 30, athletics officials announced today.
The game will begin at 7:30 p.m., and will highlight a night full of activities on the fifth annual K-State Family Reunion as K-State celebrates the grand-opening of the new West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and honors the 2012 Big 12 Championship season with the raising of a new championship flag in the stadium. The evening will conclude with the fan favorite postgame fireworks show.
FOX Sports 1, FOX’s new 24/7 all-sports channel which will be carried in at least 90 million homes nationwide, will debut in August with the matchup between the defending Big 12 Champs and two-time defending FCS National Champion Bison serving as a feature piece of the launch.
“This is an exciting opportunity for K-State, especially as we showcase the grand-opening of the new West Stadium Center,” Athletics Director John Currie said. “There is significant TV interest in this matchup against North Dakota State, which owns wins against FBS football teams Minnesota, Colorado State and KU in each of the last three seasons. After consulting with and gaining the unified support of Coach Snyder, President Schulz’s cabinet, the Ahearn Fund Advisory Board and our staff we are excited to feature K-State, Manhattan and the state of Kansas on FOX Sports 1 to a full national television audience.”
The game will mark the first time in school history that the Wildcats have played a regular season game on a Friday, while the last non-Saturday contest was back in 2010 when K-State faced KU and Nebraska on Thursday.
Fans again have a variety of choices for season and single-game tickets in 2013 for a slate that includes eight games in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, including five against Big 12 opponents. The Wildcats’ 12-game schedule includes nine opponents which were bowl eligible in 2012, six of which will visit Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Public season bench seating in Bill Snyder Family Stadium is priced at $320 again this season, a cost of $40 per game, while chairback seating remains at $355 or $44 per game. Prices for K-State faculty/staff are $255 for bench and $285 for chairback – a cost of $35 and $31 per game, respectively. A Young Alumni ticket package is available at only $200 for K-Staters who received their undergraduate degree since December 2008.
Those interested in purchasing new season tickets can do so online at www.k-statesports.com. Seating location assignments will be determined in May after all renewal orders and upgrade requests from current season-holders have been processed. Season ticket holders renewing their tickets can do so online beginning Monday and may also purchase additional single-game tickets for home and away games with their renewal order. Beginning March 11, fans can purchase new season tickets or renew in person at the Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum or by calling 1-800-221-CATS.
For more information regarding tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.k-statesports.com. A copy of the 2013 ticket brochure is available online now at k-statesports.com.
K-State returns a total of eight players in 2013 that earned All-Big 12 Conference accolades a year ago in offensive lineman B.J. Finney, running back John Hubert, wide receiver/kick returner Tyler Lockett, offensive lineman Cornelius Lucas, offensive lineman Tavon Rooks, wide receiver/punt returner Tramaine Thompson, offensive lineman Cody Whitehair and safety Ty Zimmerman.
The Wildcats, led by 2011 and 2012 National Coach of the Year Bill Snyder, will begin spring practice April 3.