Wildcats Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Football

Head Coach: Chris Klieman

Team Mascot: Willie the Wildcat

Year Opened: 1968

Capacity: 50000

City / State: Manhattan / Kansas

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Sunflower Showdown

Rival Team: Kansas Jayhawks

The Sunflower Showdown is contested each season between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kansas State Wildcats. The game is one of the most anticipated of the season with the winner taking home state supremacy and the Governor’s Cup. One of the most contentious points in the rivalry took place in 1980 when the Jayhawks forfeited the 1980 meeting due to an ineligible player. To this day the Jayhawks count it as a win whereas the Wildcats count it as a loss. The Kansas State - Kansas game is the most intense game of the season, so make sure to make it to this one if you can only make it to one game.


Rival Team: Iowa State Cyclones

The Kansas State-Iowa State rivalry dates back to 1917 and is the eighth longest continuous series in college football. Dubbed “Farmageddon” as a reference to the agricultural roots of each university, the game is one of the best to attend outside of the Kansas State - Kansas game. Join in on cheering the Wildcats against one of their biggest rivals by attending Farmageddon.

Wildcats Tailgate Guide


The atmosphere around Bill Snyder Family Stadium is palpable with school spirit, as many of the local hotels, restaurants, and bars exist solely because of the football program head coach Bill Snyder rebuilt. Many fans describe the atmosphere as not a typical day in Manhattan; the town, stadium, and campus are all alive with purple pride as kickoff approaches. So fire up your grills and crack open a beer in anticipation of the beautiful K-State game day that you’re about to witness.

The lots surrounding Bill Snyder Family Stadium are packed to the brim with grills, tents, coolers, and fans as everyone is abuzz with anticipation for the ensuing K-State football game. They provide ample parking space as the tailgate is the place to be on game days in Manhattan, Kansas. The town lives and breathes Wildcat football as just about everyone you’ll meet on game day is wearing purple to show off their Wildcat pride. Don’t worry if you’re a visiting fan though as K-State fans are pretty nice, and you’ll most likely only receive some good-natured teasing. Head on down to the parking lots for one of the best tailgating experiences in the great plains.



The Hall of Athletics is a great display of Kansas Jayhawks athletic history. From championship ring collections to trophies, this is a must see for any college sports fan. It is an excellent way to experience the rich tradition of the Jayhawks. The best part about the Hall of Athletics is it’s free!For those who would rather pregame at bars and restaurants then Aggieville is the place for you. With multiple options to choose from, this six-block stretch has a lot to offer in terms of pre and post game activities. There is also a shuttle service to and from Aggieville for your convenience.

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If you’re attending the K-State homecoming game make sure to get to Manhattan a day early, so you can take in the homecoming parade and pep rally on Friday night.

Bill Snyder Statue

Found outside the main entrance on the west side of the stadium the statue of Bill Snyder is a great tribute to the best football coach in the program's history. Stop by and grab a picture with the man who turned the K-State football program around.

K Hill

Overlooking Kansas State is what is known as the K Hill, a large mountainside featuring the letters K and S. The Hill oversees the campus and is a historical part of Wildcat tradition. The Hill showcases the pride the town of Manhattan, Kansas feels for their beloved Wildcats.

Where to tailgate

Wildcats Stadium Guide

In Game

The people of the Little Apple live and die with Wildcats football. It’s the biggest thing in town on Saturdays in the fall and it certainly shows. Wildcat football is such a big deal in Manhattan that a lot of the town’s industry including bars, restaurants, and hotels revolves around it. With football being such an important part of the town’s identity you better believe that the fans here are not only some of the most passionate fans out there, but also some of the most knowledgeable as well.

It’s not just the fans that make attending K-State a special experience, but the ongoing renovations to Bill Snyder Family Stadium are quickly making it one of the premier stadiums in the Big 12. The Bill Snyder Family Stadium has been in the process of its master plan since 2011 and will see a complete revamping the athletic campus of Kansas State University. The plan will keep the stadium modern and timeless, while also upgrading it to make it one of the best and most beautiful stadiums in the country. The phases of the plan can be reviewed here so keep coming back to the stadium to see the new additions and renovations.

There isn’t a better place to be on a Saturday in the fall than Bill Snyder Family Stadium rooting on the Wildcat. Here you’ll be surrounded by 53,000 friends all of whom are die hard Wildcat fans, so don’t be afraid to join in on the fun.

Things to check out

West Stadium Center

Opened in the fall of 2013, the West Stadium Center features amenities for Wildcat fans such as concessions, restrooms, a fan store and the Hall of Honor. Also located in this building is the Tailgate Terrace, premier seating areas, and all inclusive restaurant/bar lounges.

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KSU Ring of Honor

While at the game, be sure to check out the Kansas Wildcats Ring of Honor, located on the East side of the stadium. The first class was inducted in 2002 beginning what is shaping up to be a great Wildcat tradition. The Ring of Honor is a great symbol of Wildcat pride as they honor the greatest athletes to have ever donned the royal purple.

Good for a First Down

In 1992, K-State installed a new press box, and the public announcer began a now popular Kansas State tradition. After a Wildcat first down, the announcer proclaimed “Good for a Wildcat first down!” Now it is Wildcat tradition for the fans to finish the statement once the announcer has started it.

Willie the Wildcat

Willie has been the Wildcats official mascot since 1947 and today can be seen performing throughout the game. Some of his most famous antics include crowd surfing and doing push ups after the Wildcats score. Look for Willie to energize the crowd in order to give the Wildcat that extra bit of enthusiasm they need.

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KSU Marching Band

The Pride as they are commonly known are one of the best marching bands in the country and even won the Sudler Trophy, which is awarded to the top band in the country, in 2014. The band’s show is worth the price of admission alone, so stay glued to your seat as you wouldn’t want to miss it.

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Fight Songs

  1. K-State Alma Mater

    know a spot that I love full well,

    ‘Tis not in forest nor yet in dell;

    Ever it holds me with magic spell,

    I think of thee, Alma Mater.


    K-S-U, we’ll carry thy banner high.

    K-S-U, long, long may thy colors fly.

    Loyal to thee, thy children will swell the cry.

    Hail, Hail, Hail, Alma Mater.

  2. Wildcat Victory

    Fight, you K-State Wildcats

    For Alma Mater. (YELL) Fight-Fight-Fight!

    Glory in the combat

    For the purple and the white,


    Faithful to our colors,

    We will ever be,

    Fighting ever fighting for a

    Wildcat Victory!

    Go State!

  3. “Eat ‘Em Up, Eat ‘Em Up K-S-U!”

    “Eat ‘Em Up, Eat ‘Em Up K-S-U!”

    “Eat ‘Em Up, Eat ‘Em Up K-S-U!”

    “Eat ‘Em Up, Eat ‘Em Up K-S-U!”

  4. Wabash Cannonball

    From the great Atlantic ocean to the wide Pacific shore
    From the queen of flowing mountain to the south bell by the shore
    She’s mighty tall and handsome and know quite well by all
    She’s the combination on the Wabash Cannonball

    She came down from Birmingham one cold December day
    As she rolled in the station you could hear all the people say
    There’s a girl from Tennessee she’s long and she’s tall
    She came down from Birmingham on the Wabash Cannonball

    Our estern states are dandies so the people always say
    From New York to St. Louis and Chicago by the way
    From the hills of Minnesota where the rippling waters fall
    No changes can be taken on the Wabash Cannonball

    Here’s to daddy Claxton may his name forever stand
    And always be remembered ’round the courts of Alabama
    His earthly race is over and the curtains ’round him fall
    We’ll carry home to victory on the Wabash Cannonball

Wildcats Bars & Restaurants

  1. Little Apple Brewing Company

    Little Apple Brewing beer

    Long-standing casual steakhouse & tavern that brews its own ales & serves Certified Angus Beef.

    1110 Westloop Pl, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$

  2. Aggie Lounge

    Blarney Stone Wine Spirits

    One of the best hole-in-the-wall bars around! It's a local's hangout with some of the finest folks you could ever meet.

    712 N 12th St, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  3. Auntie Mae’s Parlor


    Bar set in a 1930 speakeasy with a variety of music styles performed live & trivia on Wednesdays.

    616 N 12th St, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. Porter’s


    Since 2000 Porters Bar & Grill has been serving area residents, office workers, hotel guests, and also Garden Event attendees.

    706 N Manhattan Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  5. Johnny Kaw’s

    Uncle Festers

    Johnny Kaw is a symbol of Midwest pride! Standing 30’ tall this burly giant overlooks City Park in Manhattan, KS.

    12181/2 Moro St, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  6. O’Malley’s Alley

    OMalleys in the Alley

    Great bar with billards for you and your friends to enjoy.

    1208 Moro St, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  7. Tubby’s Sports Bar

    Fat Daddys

    Sports bar offering basic grill fare, TVs & a patio turns into a bustling party scene on weekends.

    1127 Moro St, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  8. Early Edition

    Star Lite Dining Lounge

    Straightforward eatery serving homestyle American breakfast & brunch fare like biscuits & gravy.

    3210 Kimball Ave, Manhattan, KS 66503, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. Rock-A-Belly Bar & Deli

    Rock A Belly Deli

    Updated bar & deli food plus beer & cocktails are dished out in a kitschy retro space.

    718 N Manhattan Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  10. The Chef

    Chef Cafe

    Hopping breakfast cafe with down-home dishes from frittatas to PB&J pancakes in a casual fixture.

    111 S 4th St, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $$

  11. The Little Grill


    They have Jerk Chicken, Fresh Seafood, Pasta, Burgers, Steaks, Wings, Froglegs, Nachos, Gumbo, and many more.

    6625 Dyer Rd, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. Varsity Donuts

    Varsity Donuts

    Get excited for triple chocolate, mixed berry, lemon drop, maple bacon, good ol' vanilla glazed, and more!

    704 N Manhattan Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $

  13. Bluestem Bistro

    Blue Stem

    Made-from-scratch in the heart of Aggieville

    1219 Moro St, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. So Long Saloon

    So Long Saloon

    Funky venue for pub grub & Tex-Mex plates along with bourbon, beer & specialty cocktails.

    1130 Moro St, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    american - mexican - $$

  15. Kite’s Bar & Grill

    Kites bar

    Standard sports bar catering to Kansas State University students & serving beer & burgers.

    615 N 12th St, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  16. CoCo Bolos

    Coco Bolos

    Upscale Mexican dishes with modern twists delivered in an artsy, lively space with a full bar.

    1227 Bluemont Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    american - mexican - $$

  17. Taco Lucha

    Pacos Mobile Tacos

    Mexican street food with its own modern twists. They offer flavorful food made from scratch daily in small batches.

    1130 Moro St, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $$