Zac Brown Band to highlight concert festival at Bill Snyder Family Stadium

K-State Athletics Communications

Get tickets for the Wildcat Kickoff music festival this fall. (Photo: K-State Athletics Communications)

This fall, Bill Snyder Family Stadium will feature more than just football. 

K-State Athletics announced three-time Grammy Award winners and multi-platinum artists the Zac Brown Band will headline the first concert event at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in nearly three decades. 

Dubbed the “Wildcat Kickoff” music festival, K-State Athletics has partnered with Basis Entertainment to provide this one-of-a-kind event for Kansas State University students, alumni and fans. Along with the Zac Brown Band, multi-platinum pop rock band Train, featuring lead singer Pat Monahan, also will perform at the festival.  

The concert is sandwiched between K-State’s first game of the 2016 season at Stanford on Sept. 2, and the Wildcats’ home opener against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 17, and will be the perfect way to kick off an exciting fall of football in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. 

“We know how important K-State football weekends and 50,000 fans are to our local economy and merchants,” said K-State Director of Athletics John Currie. “When it became apparent that we would only have six home football games in 2016 instead of the seven that we’ve become accustomed to, we wanted to find another way to bring a major fall event to the Manhattan community and Bill Snyder Family Stadium.” 

A town known for its love of country music, Manhattan, Kansas, is home to the highly successful and popular Country Stampede music festival every summer, and Stampede organizers and community leaders are both ecstatic about the opportunity to cross-promote and continue to attract major music acts to Manhattan. 

“We are thrilled that Manhattan is known for two great reasons, one is for Kansas State football and the other is to be home to Country Stampede,” said Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau Vice President Karen Hibbard. “To tie those two things together only makes sense. The economic impact is going to be huge.” 

The concert will be set up with the stage located on the field’s north end zone facing the south, and there will be approximately 8,000 seats on the field. Tickets for the event start at $39. Additional information, including additional performing acts and ticket prices, will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit or for more information. 

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