The Kansas State football program hopes Saturday was the first chapter in a new gameday tradition: a team arrival surrounded by fanfare.
The Wildcats' buses dropped off the team in the middle of the parking lot at Bill Snyder Family Stadium at 3:35 p.m.
The Pride of Wildcat Land, K-State cheerleaders, the Classy Cats, Willie the Wildcat and K-State fans flanked both sides as players and coaches entered the stadium and walked past the statue of Bill Snyder outside of Gate B.
The Wildcats plan to do this for the remaining six home games this fall, with the team arriving approximately two and a half hours prior to kickoff each time.
Saturday's contest versus Southern Illinois is set to begin at 6 p.m. and air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
Check out photos and videos of the team arrival in the embedded tweets below.
K-State arriving at the stadium on the team buses. pic.twitter.com/9524sb9C8E— Ryan Black (@RyanABlack) September 11, 2021
K-State as it enters the stadium past the Bill Snyder statue. pic.twitter.com/dglMgz04h4— Ryan Black (@RyanABlack) September 11, 2021
Awaiting the K-State team arrival. pic.twitter.com/ULEC7weCY9— Ryan Black (@RyanABlack) September 11, 2021
K-State strength and conditioning coach Trumain Carroll receives a hug from a fan Saturday as he enters Bill Snyder Family Stadium. pic.twitter.com/ieEuSHJLfG— Ryan Black (@RyanABlack) September 11, 2021