K-State to Open 2021 Football Season in Arlington – News Radio KMAN
Kansas State will start the 2021 season on September 4 against Stanford at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as the two teams have been chosen for the 2021 Allstate Kickoff Classic, which annually hosts the premier season-opening contest in college football.
” We were honored when AT&T Stadium contacted us about possibly playing in this distinguished video game,” Sports Director Gene Taylor stated. “The idea of taking a house game far from Manhattan and Costs Snyder Household Stadium is a big decision, and as a staff and university, we feel that it is an opportunity that we might not miss.
” Our student-athletes will have the opportunity to play in among the world’s finest places, and Kansas State University and our football program will remain in the national spotlight. Our fans have always delighted in taking a trip to Arlington, and obviously the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is one of our top markets for out of state graduates, and the 7,000-plus alums in the area will have the chance to support our team in individual.”
The video game will be the 12th contest to kick-off the college football season, the very first as the Allstate Kickoff Classic and will mark the Wildcats’ second look at the location. Past kickoff games in AT&T Stadium have actually included some of the country’s finest programs such as Alabama, Michigan, Auburn, Wisconsin, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon and Florida, among others.
” We’re really thrilled to welcome a great brand-new partner in Allstate as the leading sponsor of this iconic game that will kick off the 2021 college football season,” stated Stephen Jones, Chief Operating Officer of the Dallas Cowboys. “Here in Texas and across the nation, the return of college football each year is an extremely unique time. Due to the fact that of Allstate’s passionate support and partnership, the Allstate Kickoff Classic will continue to be a yearly must-see event. And offered all that has happened in 2020, there can be no concern that in 2021 this game will have unique significance as together we revive the excellent fans, pageantry, history and customs of college football as we have actually always understood it.”
The Wildcats will be making their fourth appearance in the DFW area in non-conference games following Cotton Bowl looks in 1997, 2001 and 2012.
” We are excited to be able to play a prominent football video game in one of our top recruiting markets,” said Richard B. Myers, president of Kansas State University. “K-State has almost 15,000 alumni and friends in Texas, with half of those in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Our fans are familiar with the area and will, no doubt, turn out to support the Wildcats.”
With the season opener being moved to Arlington, the Wildcats will still have seven extra home games in Manhattan in 2021, including non-conference matches with Southern Illinois (9/11) and Nevada (9/18), and 5 Big 12 home contests. The full schedule with dates and ticket details will be announced in the coming months.
” Playing a quality opponent such as Stanford in among the world’s leading sporting locations is an opportunity for us to display our program to recruits all over the nation,” Head Coach Chris Klieman stated. “I know our gamers are excited for the obstacle and the opportunity that it presents.”