Kansas State football to open final spring practice to public Saturday

Wildcat fans invited to final spring workout Saturday

Arne Green
Salina Journal

It won't resemble the Purple-White game of years past, but Kansas State is offering fans a glimpse of the Wildcats when they wrap up their spring activities Saturday with one final practice at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

"Our plan is to practice and to do some of the things that we've done all spring, so it won't be in the format of the (Purple and White) scenario," K-State assistant head coach Van Malone said Tuesday. "It'll be a practice, just because that'll be most beneficial for our guys (and) for us to be able to take advantage of one more day of practice.

"We feel like it is important. When you do those game scenarios, sometimes you water it down, and you don't get the benefit of a day of practice."

Kansas State Wildcats fans bundled up and masked up in the stands during the 2020 football season finale at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The stadium will be open to fans for Saturday's final 2021 spring practice.

Gate B on the west side of the stadium will open at 11 a.m. and parking is available in the west lot. Admission is free.

Fans are required to wear masks for the whole practice and are asked to follow social distancing guidelines in compliance with Riley County and K-State policies.

It will be the 15th and final practice of the spring for the Wildcats.

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"It's important for us to use each of these days to continue to grow, to continue to develop, to give our guys reps really the way they're used to seeing them," Malone said. "That's why I think coach (Chris) Klieman wants to hold our practice in this way.

"It'll be a fun experience for the fans because they'll get to see our guys in their natural practice element. I think a lot of fans want to be able to see that. So, that's another reason that we're doing it that way."

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K-State missed out on spring practice and part of summer conditioning last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wildcats open their 2021 season against Stanford on Sept. 4 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The first game at Snyder Family Stadium is Sept. 11 against Southern Illinois.