Kansas State fans beat the heat to cheer on the Wildcats

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MANHATTAN, KS — First home game excitement. Kansas State fans set up camp outside of the stadium Friday to get ready to cheer on the Wildcats.

Nicolette Schleisman spoke with tailgaters on how the heat was not going to stop their excitement.

A sea of purple. Wildcat fans invaded the area surrounding the stadium to kick off football season in style.

“It’s just as exciting this year as it was last. And we’re fired up for K-State football,” said Van Witthuhn.

For 20 years, Van Witthuhn has been coming to tailgate for every home game.
He went to K-State in the early 70’s, and he says he has seen a lot of changes in the athletic program during those years.

“What a nice change from when we were in school to now. Filling this stadium up with 50,000 folks, it’s just a lot of fun,” said Witthuhn.

Witthuhn says even though the mercury kept rising, he was not going to miss this home game for anything.

“It’s summer time in Kansas. I mean what the heck. That’s the way it is,” said Witthuhn.

Red Cross and EMT were stationed inside and around the stadium to help fans cope with the heat. There are two Red Cross stations on both sides of the stadium, because they say the heat could hit you at any minute.

“A lot of people don’t realize that concrete and asphalt do reflect that heat, so the temperature may be 101, but with that asphalt concrete, it may get up to 110,” said Carol Russell, Team Captain for the Red Cross.

But K-State fans say the heat will not stop them

“We’re excited to see some football. It doesn’t matter the weather,” Jeremiah Nemechek.

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