Aug. 21, 2010
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Approximately 2,000 members of the K-State family gathered on the playing field of Bill Snyder Family Stadium to meet their favorite Wildcats as Kansas State held its annual Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday.
The evening's activities, which included an open practice and autograph session, wrapped up the Wildcats' fall training camp as classes begin at K-State on Monday.
Coach Snyder received a warm introduction from the fans in attendance on Saturday, and following his message to the crowd, he introduced the 2010 senior class, coaching staff and had each captain address the crowd. Snyder then took a seat at the 50-yard line and signed autographs until the last fan was remaining.
"Our fans have made a difference over the years for this football program," Snyder said. "We have such a wonderful group who genuinely cares about Kansas State University, our student-athletes and our athletics program. This team is working extremely hard and has endured a lot during these last few weeks with the 105-degree weather that we have had. But, I enjoy this group a great deal and am proud of how they have pushed through."
With the season opener just two weeks away, both those inside and outside of the program are looking forward to the September 4 matchup with UCLA, which will mark the first time under Snyder that K-State will face a BCS opponent in a non-conference season opener at home.
"We have some of the best fans in the nation," said senior offensive lineman Zach Kendall. "And we are looking forward to playing in front of a full house on September 4 against UCLA."
Last season, the Wildcats drew a home-opening record crowd of 50,750 for the UMass game and are looking to surpass that figure in 2010. Kickoff for the second annual K-State Family Reunion against the Bruins is set for 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the opener are going fast as approximately 2,000 seats remain available.
To order tickets for the season opener, or any of the six exciting home games in 2010, fans can call the ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS, visit the new and improved k-statesports.com or stop by the ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum, which is now open 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.