1. Wabash Cannonball
In the fall of 1969, the department of music at Kansas State burnt down destroying almost every piece of music. The only surviving piece of music was Wabash Cannonball, which was in the band director’s briefcase at the time. With an upcoming football game and no music, the band had no choice but to play the song. Since then Wabash Cannonball has become a K-State staple and today is considered one of the Wildcats’ fight songs.
2. Sunflower Showdown
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.
3. 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.
Since its inception in 1889, Aggieville has served the students, fans, and townspeople of Kansas State University as a local shopping/dining hot spot. Among these six square blocks, there’s something for everyone whether you’re in the mood for fine dining, catching a game at a bar, or getting a little shopping done visiting Aggieville is a must for fans.
5. 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.
Worried about not being able to see game play? Bill Snyder Family Stadium has two massive Megatrons located at each end of the stadium to showcase all the action on the field so fans can catch every minute of their Wildcats in action.
7. 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.
8. Five Phase Master Plan
Started in 2011, the Bill Snyder Family Stadium has been in the process of its master plan which involves revamping the athletic campus of Kansas State University. Each phase of this plan will keep the stadium modern and timeless. The phases of the plan can be reviewed here so keep coming back to the stadium to see the new additions and renovations!
9. 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.
The Iowa State – Kansas 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.