Kansas State Football
Kansas State University is part of the Big 12 athletic conference and boasts one of the top Division I football teams in the country. If you happen to be in the area during a home game weekend be sure to make your way to the stadium, located on the northwest part of town. Tailgating commences in the east and west parking lots hours before kickoff, making the entire day enjoyable for everyone. Tickets are usually very easy to get even if the game is sold out. Just look for scalpers selling tickets near the stadium. Their prices go down as the time for kickoff draws closer.
Tuttle Creek Spillway
We usually fish late at night so that we don't get hit with the heat. It's kinda neat to go down to the rock wall and set your stuff up with a night lamp and your fishing gear. Crazily enough, we wouldn't be the only one out there.
There is excellent channel and flathead catfish. Worms, minnows, shad, and crawdads are the baits best used. There is a good population fo crappie, trout and largemouth bass. In the spring there is a big population of walleye and white bass.
You DO need a fishing license. You can get them at Derick's Bait & Tackle, Wal-mart, and etc.
On a separate note, if you notice to left of the spillway in the picture, there is a large area that they use for the Country Stampede. That annual shindig around July when a bunch of country fans swarm to Manhattan enmass and spend 3 days listening to country music outdoors rain or shine.
- Water Sports
Tuttle is not a puddle...but a man made lake
Tuttle Creek is the second largest lake in the state. The lake has 104 miles of shoreline and nine developed park areas several with play areas. The lake provides boat ramps and docks, fishing, hiking, horseback riding trails, hunting, areas for 4-wheeling/dirt bikes, picnic areas, museum/visitor center, water sport activities, and wildlife viewing.
Tuttle Creek State Park offers both utility and primitive camping. The River Pond area has 104 water and electric sites, and 16 sites are winterized with frost-free water hydrants. Primitive camping is also available in the River Pond.
The Big Dawg Marina is located in the Spillway area adjacent to the boat ramp. It is open April 15th through October 15th. It offers 45 covered slips, concessions, gas and boating equipment. The Spillway boat ramp allows access to the main lake.
There are two boat ramps located in the River Pond area. Kansas River Outfitters provides canoe and boat rental along with supplies and concessions. They are located near the River Pond beach and boat ramp. Modern fish cleaning stations are located at Spillway Park and River Pond.
Hunting and fishing are probably the most popular fall events at the lake. Burned off wheat stubble and sunflower fields attract doves in early fall. Deer and turkey hunting is good in woody-draws and river bottoms. Semi-open grasslands and weed strips along timber stands harbor bobwhite quail and pheasant. A 200-acre marsh seven miles north of Olsburg, and a 40-acre marsh two miles north of Randolph, east of US 77 are good duck hunting areas. Blinds must be made of natural materials found at the site and removed at season's end.
Bald eagles usually appear each winter starting mid-November and spend three to four months eating and resting for their return trip. The Outlet Area provides ideal habitat for the eagles since the river channel is not ice-covered in the coldest part of the winter.
For more information about the activities and fees feel free to look on their website.
KSU Stadium/Wagner Field
KSU Stadium will host its 34th season of Wildcat football this fall. Set on the north end of campus, KSU Stadium and the Vanier Football Complex have undergone a multi-million dollar renovation that have made them one of the premier football facilities in the Midwest. The stadium houses, a 20x26 foot JumboTron Screen, new scoreboards and marquis messageboard to the complex.
KSU Stadium opened its doors Sept. 21, 1968, with a 21-0 shutout of Colorado State. The original seating capacity was set at 35,000, the stadium now holds over 53,000 seats. Prior to the opening of KSU Stadium, the Wildcats played in Memorial Stadium, which opened in 1924 and still stands on the main campus. Kansas State's first football home was on a site that is now Bluemont Elementary School (a few blocks east of campus).
For Wildcat football games, lots open five hours prior to kickoff, and tailgating is permitted in all lots. There is a large grass lot just north of the stadium that is open to the public. The lots closest to the stadium are sometimes sold out to season-ticket holders.
Bramlage Coliseum, the home of the Kansas State men's and women's basketball teams has had additions both to the seating area and the concourse. The new design is to make the building more fan-friendly. The Arena now houses 13,500 seats and the fans will also enjoy a new four-sided scoreboard above the arena, a new sound system, three-sided shot clocks and matrix boards added to the top of the Coliseum.
In addition to sporting events, Bramlage is also host to many music concerts, Landon Lectures, the Shrine Circus, and the annual Expo-Trade shows.
The coliseum is named for the late 1935 KSU graduate and Junction City (Kan.) businessman Fred Bramlage, who made the original and principle contribution.
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