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Build your fall Manhattan travels around exciting K-State Football

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 8:39 AM by Michael Goens

Expect Bill Snyder Family Stadium to be packed when the South Dakota Coyotes come to Manhattan for the college football season opener on Sept. 1, 2018. One hundred days away, if you track such things; a miserably long 100 days for our dearly devoted, purple prideful pack of fans who love K-State football.

Live to love K-State football, that is.

It’ll be season No. 10 for Bill Snyder since his return to the sidelines in ’09. In that decade span, the Wildcats reside in the same zip code of college football excellence as Notre Dame, Penn State and Auburn; more Ws than Michigan, Texas and UCLA. This could prove to be a historic season in multiple ways, as K-State builds toward 220 wins in the last quarter-century (short list right now includes 10 programs).

And with seven home games, the Wildcats have perhaps 1-to-2 shots in 2018 at reaching 200 all-time wins at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, which has been around for 50 years now. If the Cats run the table (at home) through November, that plateau would be attainable Nov. 10 against the KU Jayhawks, a team Snyder has owned 12 straight times in Manhattan.

West StadiumTrips to Tallgrass Territory and the Gateway to the Flint Hills are always exciting for college football fans, with Manhattan acclaimed as one of the best college towns around. Best tailgating experience in the Big 12. Best pregame ritual in the Big 12; Wabash, anyone? Entertaining visits are expected when fans choose from magnificently mmmm-good! MHK menus.

Some newer places you may want to try for appetizing amazement include Wine Dive Kitchen, Mexicana cantina El Patron on Poyntz (open soon after Memorial Day) and Blue Moose Bar & Grill in Manhattan Town Center. Tallgrass Tap House has been on point with scrumptious menu portions: Bahn Mi sandwich and meatloaf main course stacked with peppered bacon and side of garlic mashed spuds. Heck yes!

If more inclined to stick to the proven course(s), you can’t go wrong. Bourbon & Baker continues to bang out platters of paradise like fried chicken & biscuit that leave true culinary aces agog. Course, Harry’s is still king of the MHK, whether entrée, pinot or risotto. A pre-/postgame run to Aggieville always leads to victory, with So Long Saloon, Taco Lucha, Coco Bolos and Rock-A-Belly among the favorites. Oh, and Wahoo, too! You’ll get your fill whether celebrating another Wildcat ‘W’ or debating whether Snyder hangs around for win No. 250.

Coco Bolo's wood-fired grill and cantina Manhattan KS
K-State fans are no doubt highly anticipating a Sept. 8 kickoff against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The schedule also includes the Texas Longhorns (Sept. 29), Oklahoma State Cowboys (Oct. 13) and Texas Tech Red Raiders (Nov. 17).

Announcer Keith Jackson said it best in November 1998 when he signed off after another KSU knockout at the stadium: “Good night from Manhattan, the happiest place on Earth.” Enjoy your next visit; maybe squeeze in a preseason trial trip to satisfy that Little Apple longing. Manhappiness is always open; come and experience what it’s all about!

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