Finding parking on football game days is always a battle but after torrential rains swept over Manhattan over Labor Day, close to 1,000 parking spots will be unusable for Saturday’s game.
As previously reported by The Collegian, the Manhattan area received between 8 and 9.31 inches of rain over the holiday weekend, with continued rain throughout the week keeping things from drying.
While K-State Athletics has paved spots at the stadium, most of those spots are reserved for Ahearn Fund members, and K-State Athletics heavily relies on grass field parking a short walk away from Bill Snyder Family Stadium for other fans.
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According to K-State Athletics, the Ag and Grain Sciences lot north of the stadium and lot 9 on the east side will have limited parking. Only 300 of the Ag lot’s typical 1,000 spots will be open, and only 500 of the 1,000 spots in lot 9 will be open.
The KSU Foundation will have 130 spots for $20 per spot. K-State Athletics also recommends that fans park in the Equine lots north of the fire station on Denison. They will have 1,000 spots available for $20 per vehicle.
Free parking will be available at CiCo Park located two miles west of Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Kimball Avenue. This lot will be able to hold another 1,000 vehicles.
On campus parking
The K-State Student Union parking garage will be open for football fans for a small fee. Free on-campus parking can be found in lots A1, A2, A3, A17, A18, B4, B5, B11, B13, B16, B17, although no tailgating will be allowed on campus.
ATA buses will also run a free shuttle route between the Union and parking garage and the Quik Cats at Jardine just southeast of the stadium. Buses to the stadium will start two hours before kickoff, and buses going back to the Union will start near the end of the third quarter and end an hour after the end of the game.
Parking at the stadium will open five hours prior to kickoff and the gates will open two hours before kickoff. K-State will kick off at 11 a.m. against Mississippi State.