Kansas State has offered free pizza, $1 hot dogs and even some snazzy bobble heads to help get students in the doors for women’s basketball games.
This Friday night, how about some bacon?
Yes, bacon. K-State will offer a tray of five bacon slices to the first 1,000 students at the Wildcats’ regular-season opener against Tennessee State, beginning at 5:45 p.m. K-State will serve the bacon until it’s gone.
Women’s games are free to students with a valid student ID.
“I was relatively unaware, well no, completely unaware until I saw the e-mail,” K-State coach Deb Patterson said Tuesday. “But for all those people who want a little more breakfast food, come on out to our game.”
K-State announced the bacon giveaway this week on Twitter. By Wednesday, the promo had gained national attention from ESPN, the Dan Patrick Show and Sports Illustrated.
Originally, the plan was to serve 100 pounds of bacon. But now, due to the attention the promo has received, K-State has decided to cook 300 pounds of bacon for the opener.
“Bacon is really popular,” said Randy Peterson, K-State women’s basketball sports information director. “It was brought up in August during a meeting between the Student Advisory Committee and the Fan Experience and Sales office.
“They were throwing out different food items to use as a promotion and then Fan Experience’s Bethany Cordell threw out bacon. The room lit up.”
The bacon will be cooked at the West Stadium Center Training Table by concessionaire Sodexho and then taken over to Bramlage Coliseum.
“It has been a crazy last couple of days,” Cordell told the Kansas City Star. “We knew it would be well-received by our students, but we couldn’t imagine this much national attention. It is very exciting.”
Friday night will be a basketball doubleheader for the Wildcats, with the men’s team set to host Northern Colorado at 8 p.m.
K-State men’s coach Bruce Weber hopes the lure of bacon gets people in the arena.
“We got the bacon that we are passing out, so we’ll hopefully have a great crowd,” he said Wednesday.