K-State football games are the heart and soul of the fall semester. I love the atmosphere that the fans create. Game day begins at least five hours before kickoff- the parking lots open and tailgating begins. Last weekend I was with a couple Ag Ambassadors and we spotted Willie the Wildcat (the infamous K-State mascot) in the parking lot. We ran over to him and got our picture taken with him. This was the highlight of our day...besides the fact that K-State won against Missouri State.
After I got over being star-struck by Willie I went over to the Ag Ambassador tailgate. The College of Ag Deans cooked a smorgasbord of food for us. We had pork roast, ribs, and barbequed beef. This was definitely the best tailgating food I have ever had. We played our own game of football and a few other games before we headed into Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
K-State football has many traditions and you don’t have to wait very long to experience one of them. Before every game soldiers from Fort Riley carry out the flag and the fans recite the Pledge of Allegiance. After this the players come out onto the field and Willie does the K-S-U cheer from on top of a building. Kickoff has the tradition of jingling your keys before the ball is kicked. When K-State scores, Willie does pushups for each point we have on the board and then he does the K-S-U cheer. The band plays the Wabash Cannonball and the fans move back and forth with the beat.
All of these traditions and routines make the excitement around K-State football contagious. You truly feel like you an integral part of something big, and it’s one of the reasons I’m really glad I went to a large university. My football memories will help me connect with new colleagues and neighbors for years to come! I absolutely love going to games and supporting the cats. There is just something about a game day that gets me excited and ready to cheer on the team.