MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Kansas State University students flocked to the ticket office Wednesday, eager to secure their spot at the 2012 Cotton Bowl to cheer on the Wildcats.
Hundreds of fans turned out at Bramlage Coliseum to support their team, ranked #8 in the nation as they gear up to face off against the #6 team, the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Students brought pillows, blankets and chairs as they waited their turn in line to get to the ticket window, all lining up before dawn.
At 6 AM, 600 students were already in line. By the time the ticket office opened around 8 AM, the line snaked throughout the entire coliseum.
For some, the wait was worth it.
"We’re feeling good. Feeling really tired but we’re glad to have our tickets. This was worth it. It was definitely worth it. It was definitely an experience and it’s got me excited for the game itself," said Tyler Goefert & Aaron Frith, who arrived at the coliseum at 4 AM to get in line.
"It’s a great turnout. We have the best student section in the Big 12 and the nation and it’s no surprise that our students were here and ready to support their team and purchase tickets to the Cotton Bowl," added Adam Prough, Assistant Director for Fan Strategies for the university.
Kansas State University was allotted 500 reserved seats at $125 a piece and 2000 standing room only tickets for $50.
For those that got their hands on a ticket, now all that’s left to do is finalize their travel plans to Texas for the game on January 6th at Cowboys Stadium.
"I’m just overwhelmed right now. We’re going to the Cotton Bowl and I just couldn’t be happier. It could have been the Sugar Bowl but the Cotton Bowl is going to be a good time. It’ll be great," Frith said.
Wildcat fans will clearly be loud and proud at the bowl game- a final chapter in what has been a thrilling season for Kansas State University.