Fort Riley Day

KStateFans.com
Posted Sep 23, 2009


MANHATTAN, Kan. - Bill Snyder Family Stadium will be booming with activity on Saturday when Kansas State hosts Tennessee Tech in the final non-conference contest of the season. The afternoon marks the annual celebration of Fort Riley Day and Band Day at the stadium, which will also coincide with University Family Day at K-State.

Another great crowd is expected and fans are encouraged to be in their seats early on Saturday as festivities surrounding Fort Riley Day will begin at approximately 12:40 p.m., in the stadium. The pregame show will feature a Color Guard unit that will include all Fort Riley unit colors, a moment of silence to honor those Fort Riley soldiers killed in action during the past year and a flyover at the conclusion of the National Anthem.

But fans should get the biggest bang out of the show when the Wildcats are welcomed to the field thunderously to the firing of "Old Thunder," a Civil War-era cannon set in the northeast corner of the north end zone, and machine gun fire from two High Mobility Mounted Wheeled Vehicles stationed near the home team ramp in the north end zone. During halftime, participants in Fort Riley Day and Band Day will join forces for the 1812 Overture, which will include the firing of four 75 mm Howitzer cannons. The cannons will be located on the grassy area outside the east stands in the northeast corner of the stadium.

In addition, Fort Riley will display an HMMWV and an Armored Security Vehicle on the west Bramlage sidewalk, while an expected 1,400 soldiers are treated to a tailgate barbeque in Cat Town sponsored by Briggs Auto Group.

Kickoff for the Tennessee Tech game is set for 1:10 p.m., at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Less than 5,000 tickets remain for the contest, including Wildcat Four Packs, which include four tickets for only $75. Fans that attended the September 5 Family Reunion contest can also receive $10 off any Tennessee Tech ticket by showing their ticket from the season opener. Tickets may be purchased online at www.k-statesports.com or at the K-State Athletics Ticket Office.

Fans are also encouraged to donate tickets to Fort Riley Soldiers and their families for only $10 and can do so by contacting the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (785) 532-7606.


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