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Jeff Kolpack, Published June 04 2013

Kansas State sells all available season tickets; NDSU game sold out

FARGO – North Dakota State will be running into a purple and white fan frenzy that is at an all-time football high in its season opener at Kansas State this fall. The school has sold all available season tickets for the first time in school history.

In addition, the Friday night opener against NDSU on Aug. 30 at 50,000-seat Bill Snyder Family Stadium is sold out.

The Bison ticket office has already allocated its allotment of 2,000 single-game tickets for the Wildcats game, meaning the only option remaining for those who don’t have a ticket and want to go is to check the secondary market, such as StubHub or fan message boards. NDSU director of tickets Josh Hemingway said seat assignments for the K-State game will be made once his office receives the tickets from the Wildcats office.

NDSU took requests for its allotment from May 1 to May 15.

“The biggest thing killing our fans is their season tickets went up so much that it ate up everything,” Hemingway said.

The 2,000 tickets NDSU received is about 500 less than it got at Colorado State last year, but more than the 1,200 it got for playing at Iowa State in 2009.

“It just varies from school to school,” Hemingway said.

He said the information he’s received is the K-State secondary market ticket prices are currently inflated to between $120 and $180 for the Bison game. But he also said those prices tend to drop the closer it gets to game time.

“I don’t know how willing K-State fans are to sell tickets to NDSU fans,” Hemingway said.

K-State season tickets increased by 2,100, momentum created by a Tostitos Fiesta Bowl appearance and a national No. 1 ranking during the regular season. The Wildcats are the defending Big 12 champions.

“The momentum of our football program, in addition to all 16 of our athletics teams, has created an unprecedented level of excitement,” athletic director John Currie said in a statement.

It’s an enticing home schedule for Wildcats fans, with Big 12 Conference games against Oklahoma, Baylor, West Virginia and TCU. The latter two will be coming to Manhattan for the first time because of conference shuffling.

The NDSU and K-State game will be part of the debut of Fox Sports 1, an all-sports channel.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia