WELCOME TO K-STATE! A V I S I TO R ’ S G U I D E TO K- S TAT E AT H L E T I C S A N D M A N H AT TA N
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WELCOME TO AMERICA’S
NO. 1 COLLEGE TOWN. WELCOME TO K-STATE! On behalf of K-State interim President General Richard Myers and the entire K-State Athletics Family, welcome to America’s No. 1 college town and the oldest land-grant university in the country. The pages of this brochure are meant to serve as a useful “Guide to K-State and Manhattan” as you become more familiar with getting to and staying in our wonderful community. American Airlines has non-stop daily jet service directly into Manhattan from Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago, our thriving Aggieville and downtown entertainment districts offer fun and fellowship, and the experience you will have in the Little Apple will surely affirm why it is not only the No. 1 college town in the country but also one of the best places to live, raise a family and even retire. With our university leadership and 2025 vision to propel K-State to among the top 50 public research universities in the country and an avid fan base that continually fills all of our stadiums in support of our student-athletes, there is no better time to be a Wildcat. I hope you find this guide helpful, and please let us know if we can be of further assistance. Go Cats!
John Currie Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
K-STATE WAS RANKED NO. 3 NATIONALLY BY THE PRINCETON REVIEW .
FOR BEST QUALITY OF LIFE
JARDINE APARTMENTS, K-STATE ON-CAMPUS HOUSING
FOR BEST ATHLETIC FACILITIES
K-STATE WAS RANKED NO. 4 NATIONALLY BY THE PRINCETON REVIEW.
K-STATE SOCCER COMPLEX
VANIER FAMILY FOOTBALL COMPLEX OPENED 2015
K-State’s intercollegiate athletic program has experienced an unprecedented combination of athletic, academic and administrative accomplishments and national attention, including record-setting championships in 2012-13.
WEST STADIUM CENTER AT BILL SNYDER FAMILY STADIUM OPENED 2013
With the vision of then-K-State president Kirk Schulz, the re-earned trust of Wildcat fans nation-wide and the efforts of K-State’s outstanding coaching staff, K-State Athletics has turned an inherited deficit into national acclaim as the NCAA’s most financially solvent program, initiated $210 million in comprehensive athletic facility improvements, including the new Vanier Family Football Complex, West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Ice Family Basketball Center, Intercollegiate Rowing Center and Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, and launched the nation’s No. 1 digital network all while Wildcat student-athletes were turning out championship performances both on the field and in the classroom.
OUR VISION: K-State Athletics will be A Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program.
K-STATE ATHLETICS CORE GOALS:
ICE FAMILY BASKETBALL CENTER
• A world-class student-athlete experience. • Value to the university, community and state. • Integrity and transparency in matters of ethics, finance and NCAA compliance. • Championship athletic performances. • The best fan experience in the Big 12. OPENED 2012
The 448 Wildcat studentathletes in the 16 varsity sports hail from 35 states and U.S. territories, three Canadian provinces and 20 countries. Their academic majors represent seven different colleges plus graduate school.
MIKE GOSS TENNIS STADIUM
The Powercat was named the No. 6 best logo in the FBS ranks of College Football by Athlon. Designed by a Kansas State art professor, the Powercat was introduced by Bill Snyder in 1989.
$210M IN NEW FACILITIES
K-State Athletics has seen $210 million in facility enhancements since 2009, with the new $68 million Vanier Football Complex opening in August 2015. The new facilities benefit all 438 student-athletes.
STUDENT-ATHLETE PERFORMANCE TABLE OPENED 2013
INTERCOLLEGIATE ROWING CENTER
FOR STUDENTS PACK THE STADIUMS
K-STATE WAS RANKED NO. 7 NATIONALLY BY THE PRINCETON REVIEW.
Paid attendance has exceeded 100% of capacity in football at Bill Snyder Family Stadium since 2012 and in men’s basketball at Bramlage Coliseum between 2009 and 2015.
WABASH CANNONBALL VOTED NO. 1 PREGAME TRADITION IN THE BIG 12
CONFERENCE TITLES IN 2012-13
K-State became the second Big 12 school and fourth BCS program since 1998 to win league championships in football, men’s basketball and baseball in the same year.
HALL OF FAME
Legendary K-State football head coach Bill Snyder became just the fourth active head coach to be elected into the College Football Hall of Fame.
2016 NCAA OUTDOOR HIGH JUMP CHAMPION WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ADVANCED TO 2016 NCAA SECOND ROUND
CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCES One of the five key goals for K-State Athletics is to expect championship performances. Over the last few seasons, the Wildcats have delivered in record-setting fashion. K-State student-athletes have garnered 65 All-America honors since 2013-14. K-State football participated in its sixth straight bowl game and volleyball advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years. Highlighted by three NCAA Champions in track and field, the women’s team went on to finish tied for seventh at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and eighth at the national indoor meet while also finishing third both indoor and outdoor at this year’s Big 12 Championships. Also, a total of eight track and field student-athletes claimed a total of 12 individual Big 12 Championships in 2015-16, while Jeff Mittie’s second year at the helm of the women’s basketball program saw the Wildcats return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years.
2016 NCAA INDOOR SHOT PUT CHAMPION
The 2012-13 campaign was also one for the ages as K-State became just the fourth BCS school since 1998 to win league titles in football, men’s basketball and baseball the same year. Bill Snyder, Bruce Weber and Brad Hill all earned Big 12 Coach of the Year honors in 2012-13 as K-State became the first Big 12 school to win all three in the same year. Also in 2012-13, Collin Klein became K-State’s second Heisman Trophy finalist, while Erik Kynard won the silver medal in the high jump at the London Olympic Games.
HONORS SINCE 2013
K-State student-athletes have garnered 65 All-America honors since the 2013-2014 season, led by eight-time All-American, five-time Big 12 Champion and two-time National Champion Akela Jones.
2016 NCAA INDOOR HIGH JUMP CHAMPION
D.J. JOHNSON MENâ€™S BASKETBALL
GRADUATION RECEPTION WEST STADIUM CENTER
K-STATE STUDENT-ATHLETE GRADUATES SPRING 2016
STUDENT-ATHLETE GRADUATES SPRING 2016
DANI WINTERS TRACK & FIELD 2015-16 BIG 12 SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
CHAMPIONS IN THE CLASSROOM At Kansas State, being a champion is more than winning trophies on the field or on the court. It is about providing student-athletes a world-class experience which includes being a champion in the classroom, and most importantly, becoming a champion in life. Wildcat student-athletes across the board exceeded benchmarks for the sixth straight year in the latest NCAA APR ratings which included three programs - men’s golf, women’s cross country and football - recording Big 12-leading marks in four-year APR scores. In addition, teams watched as a total of 82 student-athletes earned degrees, 127 earned Academic All-Big 12 status, and three were named Big 12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year in 2015-16. More than 70 percent of all Wildcat student-athletes received a 3.0 or higher GPA K-State’s commitment to academic excellence is demonstrated through the Student-Athlete Services program, which assists, directs, supports and promotes student development, academic achievement, academic athletic eligibility and progress toward graduation. The Student-Athlete Enhancement Center, located in the new Vanier Family Football Complex, is a world-class education facility designed for Wildcat student-athletes.
BY SIX WILDCAT TEAMS
A total of 22 K-State student-athletes have been honored with the prestigious Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award since 2014.
Six teams recorded perfect current year marks as the men’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf and women’s tennis teams had perfect 1000 marks.
Two Wildcat teams, men’s golf and women’s cross country, were awarded APR Public Recognition distinction for the third consecutive year for posting multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent nationally in each sport.
More than 70 percent of K-State student-athletes received a 3.0 or higher GPA in 2016 as 242 were named to the Spring 2016 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
FOR STUDENTS LOVE THESE COLLEGES
K-STATE WAS RANKED NO. 2 NATIONALLY BY THE PRINCETON REVIEW
THE FINEST LAND-GRANT INSTITUTION IN THE NATION. The quality of a K-State education can be found both in the achievements of its students and by the accolades of its faculty. In the last 25 years, K-State has won more Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater and Udall scholarships than any other public university in the United States. K-State trails only 5 private institutions in top scholarship awards (Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, and Duke). K-State is also the only research university in the country to have three national CASE/ Carnegie professors of the year. All three are active teachers: Michael Wesch, 2008 national winner; Chris Sorensen, 2007 national winner; and Dean Zollman, 1996 national winner. With such a reputation for excellence, itâ€™s no surprise that K-Stateâ€™s enrollment is surging. More Kansas high school seniors choose K-State than any other university in the state. Every county in the state, every state in the nation and countries around the world are represented by students attending K-State.
MOST TOP SCHOLARS
K-State has produced more Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater and Udall scholarship winners than any other public university in the United States.
HALE LIBRARY RANKED NO. 4 AMONG THE 50 MOST AMAZING COLLEGE LIBRARIES.
Princeton Review named K-State as No. 6 on its list of the Happiest Colleges in the United States, and ranked K-State No. 3 nationally in Student Quality of Life.
NO. 1 RANKED THE BEST COLLEGE TOWN IN THE UNITED STATES ACCORDING TO LIVABILITY.COM.
More Kansas high school seniors choose K-State than any other college in the state, and K-State has the highest on-campus enrollment in Kansas.
K-STATE CAMPUS, AERIAL VIEW LOOKING TO THE WEST
BEST COLLEGE TOWN
MANHATTAN WAS RANKED NO. 1 BY LIVABILITY.COM FOR BEST COLLEGE TOWNS TO LIVE IN, EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT A STUDENT.
THE LITTLE APPLE: MANHATTAN, KS It began with a steamboat... A steamboat named the Hartford ran aground on the Kansas River in 1855 and the passengers insisted on calling their new home “Manhattan” in honor of their financial backers from Manhattan, NY. 160 years later, Manhattan is a vibrant, multi-faceted community nationally recognized for its extraordinary quality of life. The fastest growing metro area in Kansas, “THE LITTLE APPLE” [A], offers the opportunities of big-city living with the joys of small-town charm. A perfect place to raise a family, Manhattan offers numerous kid-friendly attractions, including the MANHATTAN AQUATICS CENTER [B], FLINT HILLS DISCOVERY CENTER [C] and SUNSET ZOO [D]. Award-winning local restaurants, shops and art galleries occupy the thriving DOWNTOWN [E] area, while AGGIEVILLE [F] – the oldest shopping district in Kansas – continues to be popular with residents of all ages. Manhattan’s music scene is among the best in the region, featuring everything from top local bands in Aggieville to the biggest names in country music at the annual COUNTRY STAMPEDE [G] festival.
IN QUALITY OF LIFE
PLACE TO LIVE IN THE USA
Manhattan was ranked No. 1 in Quality of Life among American small cities by CNN. Business Insider ranked Manhattan as the No. 6 Most Exciting Small City in the United States.
Manhattan is the fastest growing metro area in the state of Kansas, and one of the Top 15 fastest growing cities in the country. It also ranks in the Top 1% nationally in personal income growth.
Menâ€™s Journal named Manhattan one of the Top 50 Places to Live In America, while Money Magazine named Manhattan one of the Top 10 Places to Retire Young in the USA.
WILDCAT KICKOFF Zac Brown Band and Train headlined the first concert in Bill Snyder Family Stadium in more than 30 years.
FOR GREAT TOWN-GOWN RELATIONS
K-STATE WAS RANKED NO. 5 NATIONALLY BY THE PRINCETON REVIEW
HOME OF K-STATE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S GOLF COLBERT HILLS
LITTLE APPLE, BIG OUTDOORS One of the greatest things about Kansas is our beautiful outdoors! Nestled in rolling hills and tree-filled valleys, Manhattan is an outdoor extravaganza. Hike the scenic FLINT HILLS [A] and you’ll never say Kansas is flat again! Enjoy the open water on picturesque TUTTLE CREEK RESERVOIR [B], home to swimming, water skiing and boating. Practice your golf swing at COLBERT HILLS [C], the No. 1 public golf course in Kansas. Or relax and soak up some sun at PILLSBURY CROSSING [D], a favorite local gathering spot. Prefer to hunt, fish, or take the dog for a run? More than 108,000 acres of public hunting land in Manhattan are free and open to licensed hunters during regular game seasons. With approximately 350,000 acres of standing and flowing water, Kansas is also one of the best kept fishing secrets in the country [E]. Manhattan boasts miles of running and hiking trails in and around the city limits, including 4.5 miles of challenging terrain at FANCY CREEK STATE PARK [F], one of Kansas’ top rated mountain bike trails.
MANHATTAN, KS, AERIAL VIEW LOOKING NORTHWEST
A THRIVING COMMUNITY Throughout the economic hardship of recent years, Manhattan has continued to grow and expand, adding nearly 20% growth to its population since the census of 2000. Manhattan ranks at or near the top nationally in nearly every measure of economic growth: • • • • • • •
Top 10 Nationally in Per Capita Income Growth Least Economically Stressed County in United States No. 2 USA Metro Area in Economic Growth Potential Top 1% in USA Fastest Personal Income Growth Top 5% Nationally in Job Growth Top 15 Fastest Growing Cities in America Fastest Growing Metro Area in Kansas
Manhattan is not only home to Kansas State University and Fort Riley but also to diverse high-tech, scientific, and service-related businesses. The Little Apple has a vibrant and stable economy located in the center of a bustling community. Economic incentives combined with an outstanding quality of life yet a low cost of living form an atmosphere where businesses thrive.
NATIONAL BIO AND AGRO-DEFENSE FACILITY (NBAF)
TOP 5% IN USA
FOR BUSINESS AND CAREERS
EXCITING U.S. CITY
The Manhattan Metropolitan Statistical Area is Top 5% nationally in economic growth, and is one of the Top 10 fastest growing MSAs in America (Census Bureau, 2013)
Forbes Magazine rated Manhattan No. 1 for “Best Small Communities for a Business and Career.” Manhattan has placed in the Top 5 in Forbes’ list four consecutive years.
Business Insider ranked Manhattan as the sixth most exciting small city in America based on nightlife, live music options, active lifestyle, and business health.
Manhattan is the new home of the $650+ million National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), becoming the world’s premier food safety science lab.
LOCAL DINING GUIDE AGGIEVILLE DISTRICT
TANNER’S BAR & GRILL
COCO BOLOS [A]
SO LONG SALOON
VARSITY DONUTS [C]
TACO LUCHA [B]
WAHOO FIRE & ICE
TEX-MEX / CARIBBEAN cocobolos.com BRITISH PUB / AMERICAN kelticstarmanhattanks.com
GOURMET BURGERS solongsaloon.com
MEXICAN STREET-STYLE tacoluchamanhattan.com
PREMIUM DONUTS varsitydonuts.blog.com PACIFIC RIM wahoomanhattan.com
4 OLIVES [D]
BOURBON & BAKER [E]
AJ’S NY PIZZA
BLUE MOOSE COMING SOON!
NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA ajsnypizza.com AMERICAN thebluemoosebarandgrill.com
AMERICAN / COMFORT bbmanhattan.com BREAKFAST / BRUNCH thechefcafe.com ITALIAN / FINE DINING dellavoce.com
AMERICAN / FINE DINING harrysmanhattan.com
AMERICAN / BREWPUB tallgrasstaphouse.com
POWERCAT GRILL [I]
COX BROS. BBQ [G]
THE LITTLE GRILL
VIEW COMPLETE DINING & NIGHTLIFE INFO AT MANHATTANCVB.ORG
LITTLE APPLE BREWERY [H]
CARLOS O’KELLY’S TEX-MEX carlosokellys.com
LEARN MORE AT DOWNTOWNMANHATTANKS.COM
FULL AGGIEVILLE BAR & RESTAURANT LISTING AT AGGIEVILLE.ORG
CASUAL CAFE & BAKERY bluestembistro.com
Enjoy fine dining, casual snacks, and everything in between at these notable local Manhattan restaurants and cafes:
MR. K’S CAFE
SANDWICHES / PIZZA mrkscafe.com
CAFE & BAKERY
RAMBLER’S BAR & GRILL STEAKHOUSE
WHERE TO STAY IN MANHATTAN
Book your next Manhattan stay at one of these notable area hotels and suites:
THE BLUEMONT HOTEL
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON
HILTON GARDEN INN
HOLIDAY INN AT THE CAMPUS
PARKWOOD INN & SUITES
601 E POYNTZ AVENUE 785-537-8300 bestwesternkansas.com
310 HAMMONS DRIVE JUNCTION CITY, KS 785-210-1500 marriott.com/courtyard
410 SOUTH 3RD STREET 785-532-9116 hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com
1212 BLUEMONT AVENUE 785-537-8300 bluemonthotel.com
300 COLORADO STREET 785-539-2400 marriott.com/fairfield-inn
1641 ANDERSON AVENUE 785-539-7531 ihg.com/holidayinn
210 BLUE EARTH PLACE 785-320-7995 ihg.com/candlewood
530 RICHARDS DRIVE 785-539-5311 starwoodhotels.com
505 S 17TH STREET 785-320-5440 parkwoodinnmanhattan.com
1020 HOSTETLER DRIVE 785-539-9449 comfortsuites.com
501 E POYNTZ AVENUE 785-539-5000 hamptoninn3.hilton.com
150 E POYNTZ AVE 785-770-8000 qualityinncom
With more than 1,200 hotel sleeping rooms, charming bed and breakfasts, traditional camping sites at Tuttle Creek State Park, and comfy cabins, The Little Apple strives to make you feel at home! Visit manhattancvb.com for a complete lodging guide or to book your next stay in Manhattan. Additional lodging options can be found in the surrounding area â€” visit junctioncity.org or visitwamego.com for details.
HILTON GARDEN INN AT BLUE EARTH PLAZA
$16 MILLION AIRPORT EXPANSION PHASE I OPENED 2015
FLY DIRECT TO MANHATTAN Located a short seven-minute drive from the center of campus, Manhattan Regional Airport provides a simpler way to travel anywhere in the world. MHK offers five daily American Airlines jet service to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and ChicagoOâ€™Hare Airport. Both airports offer easy connections across the country and around the globe, making Manhattan a convenient starting or ending destination during your world travels. Free parking, short security lines, quick flight times and simple gate access make flying from Manhattan a hassle-free experience. Leave for Dallas in the morning and be back home in time for dinner. Bring guests to campus and arrive at the stadium, golf course or arena in less than ten minutes after landing in MHK. And itâ€™s about to become even easier. Opened in 2015, a $16 million expansion to Manhattan Regional Airport more than tripled the terminal size and added two more skybridge boarding walkways. The impressive design added new passenger dining and lounge facilities, while making security and check-in processes more efficient. Phase II is currently under construction and will include an expanded terminal, a meet-and-greet space for people to wait for arriving passengers, a restaurant and a gift shop.
SKIP THE TWO-HOUR DRIVE!
Manhattan is a two-hour drive from Kansas City International Airport, which provides non-stop service to 51 US cities, and Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, which offers non-stop service to 12 US cities. Skip the two-hour drive by flying directly from Chicago (servicing 205 cities) or Dallas (servicing 205 cities).
CHICAGO (ORD) KANSAS CITY (MCI)
American Airlines offers five daily flights between Dallas-Ft Worth and Chicago Oâ€™Hare International airports, making Manhattan an easy starting or ending destination during your world travels.
Leave for Dallas or Chicago in the morning, be back before dinner. Quick one-hour flights, short security lines and simple gate access make flying to or from Manhattan smooth and convenient.
The Manhattan Regional Airport is a brief sevenminute drive from the K-State Athletics complex, and offers free parking on site. Courtesy and rental car services are also available.
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GETTING AROUND MANHATTAN
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E To Fort Riley, Manhattan Regional Airport and I-70
DRIVING DIRECTIONS Directions to Manhattan from EAST (Kansas City Airport) Travel south on I-435. Take exit 12 to I-70 West. Exit mile marker 313 onto KS-177 North. Take the KS-177/Fort Riley Blvd off ramp and turn left onto KS-177, which will turn into Tuttle Creek Blvd.
Directions to Manhattan from SOUTH (Wichita Airport) Travel north on I-135. Take exit 33 to merge onto US-50 E toward Peabody/Emporia. At the traffic circle, take the 4th exit onto US-77 N. Turn right to merge onto I-70 E, and take exit 303 toward Manhattan.
Directions to Manhattan from NORTH (Omaha) Take Highway 13 South to Highway 113. Turn left on 113 (which turns into Seth Child Road), and travel south to Anderson Avenue.
Directions to Manhattan from WEST (Denver) Take I-70 East. Take exit 303 (K-18 North), and turn left onto K-18. Drive about 10 minutes on K-18 (it changes into Fort Riley Boulevard on the edge of Manhattan). Turn left at the 17th Street stoplight. Travel 11 blocks to the Anderson Avenue stoplight.