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Posted on August 13, 2015 at 11:14 AM by Michael Goens
Fan Appreciation Day for the K-State Wildcats has a little more zeal for the 2015 season than most. For one, there's the new Vanier Athletics Complex that towers over the north end of the stadium, accompanied by new seating and a fancy, state-of-the-art videoboard. Fans can get a field-level/stadium view of the new fortress, and an after-practice eyeful when field access is allowed for autographs.
Plus the Wildcats have an honest-to-goodness, four-way quarterback battle that by all accounts is still going full bore in the second week of workouts. Will Jesse Ertz make a K-State legacy from Iowa QB products following Jake Waters, or will it be the true freshman from Hays, Alex Delton?
Manhattan's changing landscape
This late summer day is also an opportunity to peak around town ... if K-State athletics is your main draw to MHK, there's a lot to see that's different. The Bluemont Hotel was just a short time from opening its doors one year ago, and it has settled in as an important façade to the K-State corridor and Aggieville landscape. The business school building continues to rise on the east side of campus, with similar progress to Phase IV College of Engineering expansion.
And out near the stadium, the KSU Foundation facility is a glimmering new addition to north campus corridor and will boast initial tenants Garmin International, U.S. Engineering and Veterinary / Biomedical Research Center in the 60,000 square foot building, the first of four in the office complex and set to open Oct. 12.
Best college town in the nation
As much as we love the Wildcats, K-State is about academia. As the 2015-16 school year commences, the University is surging forward to the K-State 2025 visionary plan. With it, Manhattan continues to rise on the economic development front, and has earned the label of best college town in the country with distinguished company from Durham, NC (Duke) and Columbia, Mo. (Missouri).
As the 2015 season opens, look with admiration at your alma mater or beloved school, and come visit the happiest place on Earth: Manhattan, Kansas!
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