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Houses of the Enemy - Bill Snyder Family Stadium

In this week's Stadium Series, Jonathan takes a look at the house of the Wildcats, Bill Snyder Family Stadium

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Even though Tech will not play in the Little Apple this season, Bill Snyder Family Stadium is a mainstay in the new schedule for Big 12 conference games. Tech first played the Wildcats in 1933, but it wasn't until 1996 that the game was played in Kansas. This game was even more special as it was the very first Big 12 Conference sports event. Tech barely lost, 21-14 in a game that had fewer total yards (552) than Tech had in their last win in Manhattan back in 2008 (626)

Bill Snyder is a man who needs no introduction or explanation. As one of the most successful and respected coaches in the conference's history, he was humble enough to not want the stadium to be named after him as he was retiring in 2005, but after "the people I care about the most". The stadium is in honor of the culture that he has instated at Kansas State, the "family" atmosphere that former players repeatedly state about the program. Not only has Bill accomplished this, he has been incredibly successful on the field with a record of 187-94-1.

Statistics

  • Uses AstroTurf GameDay Grass, one of 15 stadiums to use this surface
  • Broke ground in 1967 with an initial cost of $1.6 million
  • Official capacity of 50,000
  • Record attendance of 53,811 on Nov 11, 2000 when Kansas State took down #4 Nebraska in a 29-28 win
  • Willie Nelson performed in 1987 as part of Farm Aid
  • Tech is 2-4 in Manhattan, with wins in 2004 and 2008