What I got out of this story and what my husband got out of this story were two totally different things! Both of us equally right in our thoughts, though…
My initial reaction to this was, “Why do they keep moving our games to Thursdays? This most definitely could hurt attendance – it’s not easy for everyone to travel from the western side of the state to Manhattan or Lawrence (like many do for Saturday games) and get back in time for work on Friday.”
My husband’s initial reaction was this: “This is Sloane’s due date. She better be here before kickoff!”
Like I said… both totally different reactions, but both totally legit.
Oh yeah… Baby Clark is officially a Sloane. 🙂
Dillons becomes Showdown’s title sponsor
Kansas and Kansas State will play under the Thursday night lights when the two schools meet Oct. 14.
The game, originally scheduled for Oct. 16, was moved to accommodate a national TV broadcast on Fox Sports Net. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from Memorial Stadium in Lawrence.
The schools also announced a sponsorship agreement with Dillons that includes naming rights for every Sunflower Showdown in football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball for the next two seasons. The local grocery chain also will have marketing and promotional opportunities with both schools.
“We are proud to have a Kansas-based company such as Dillons sponsoring this series and are excited about the opportunity to showcase our university and program to the entire nation with another national television broadcast,” K-State athletic director John Currie said. “We are equally as excited to continue working together with the University of Kansas to promote this prestigious rivalry and highlight its storied history.”
The announcement means K-State will play consecutive Thursday games next season. Nebraska visits Snyder Family Stadium on Oct. 7 for a game that will air nationally on ESPN.
“We are continuing to find ways to better serve all of our fans,” Currie said. “And a national television appearance such as this will not only allow our 200,000 alumni and friends from coast-to-coast to be a part of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown, but it will allow the entire nation to tune in and take notice of coach (Bill) Snyder’s continued progress of rebuilding our football program.”
This won’t be the first time KU and K-State meet on a Thursday night. The 1994 matchup, a 21-13 Wildcat victory, was played on a Thursday and broadcast on ESPN.