K-State announces schedule, ticket info

An exciting seven-game home slate, including a Big 12 Championship game re-match with Oklahoma, highlights the 2004 Kansas State football schedule, released Friday by head coach Bill Snyder.

The defending Big 12 champion Wildcats kick off the season on Sept. 4 with the first of three straight home games as Western Kentucky makes a return visit to KSU Stadium. Kansas State defeated the Hilltoppers, 48-3, to open the 2002 campaign. WKU went on to win the I-AA national championship that season.

A first-time meeting with Fresno State, a 17-9 victor over UCLA in the 2003 Silcon Valley Bowl, follows on Sept. 11, before K-State wraps up non-conference action with a Sept. 18 date vs. Louisiana-Lafayette.

For the seventh time in the nine-year existence of the Big 12 Kansas State will open conference play on the road as Wildcats travel to Texas A&M on Oct. 2 to make their 2004 league debut. The 102nd renewal of the Sunflower Showdown vs. Kansas follows on Oct. 9 in Lawrence, before the Wildcats return to KSU Stadium to face Oklahoma on Oct. 16.

The Oklahoma game is the first of three straight conference home dates for K-State. The Wildcats will try to make it three wins in a row over Nebraska, when the Cornhuskers visit KSU Stadium on Oct. 23. Texas Tech brings its high-octane passing attack to town to close out the homestand on Oct. 30.

Kansas State concludes its 2004 schedule with three Big 12 North Division opponents, traveling to Missouri on Nov. 6 and Colorado on Nov. 13, before playing host Iowa State in the regular season and home finale on Nov. 20.

Director of Athletics Tim Weiser said season tickets in reserved bench seating will cost $285, while seating in the "End Zone Fun Zone", the general admission seating of the north end zone, will be priced at $185.

In addition, Weiser said a new "Young Alumni" season-ticket option will be offered to recent K-State graduates who purchased season tickets during their time as a student. For just $173, a graduate from the 2002-03 or 2003-04 academic years can purchase a reserved bench seat for two years at the discounted price.

"We believe it's important to have the opportunity for young alumni to remain connected and supportive of the football program as they begin to establish their careers," Weiser said. "This is our way of saying thanks for their support as students and helping them remain a part of our program."

Student season ticket packages range in price from $143 to $240. Student tickets will go on sale March 29 when the fall enrollement process begins through the K-State KATS system.

Single-game ticket prices for the non-conference games will be $35 per game, Weiser said. The Texas Tech and Iowa State games will cost $50 and the Oklahoma and Nebraska games will be priced at $65 each.

Season ticket renewals will be mailed next week to ticket-holders, Weiser said, with a payment deadline of April 7. K-State is again offering its customers the option of renewing their season tickets and ordering single-game tickets on-line through the athletics department web site at www.k-statesports.com.

Fans interested in ordering season tickets may do so in person at the K-State Athletic Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum or by calling toll-free, 1-800-221-CATS. The ticket office is open 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Kickoff times and television information for all games will be announced when available.

2004 Kansas State Football Schedule
Sept. 4 WESTERN KENTUCKY
Sept. 11 FRESNO STATE
Sept. 18 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Sept. 25 Bye
Oct. 2 at Texas A&M
Oct. 9 at Kansas
Oct. 16 OKLAHOMA
Oct. 23 NEBRASKA
Oct. 30 TEXAS TECH
Nov. 6 at Missouri
Nov. 13 at Colorado
Nov. 20 IOWA STATE


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