For K-State football, the 12th man is a crew of 1,000 workers


At the corner of Kimball and College avenues is a coliseum epic in

size, appearance and spectacle. Each fall 50,000 fans arrive for
home football games to watch the gladiators in purple and white
battle it out for four quarters of play. The heroes on the field take center
stage in the hearts and minds of the fans packed into Bill Snyder Family
Stadium.
But none of this would be possible without the dedication of the people
behind the scenes &mdash the people whose names we may never know,
who work countless hours to make the ultimate fan experience at each
K-State football game a reality. These are the people who too often go
unnoticed, lost in the shadows. The unsung heroes. They are also part of
this family.
Wearing K-State polos, yellow jackets and walkie-talkies, we know
them as the ones greeting each fan with the familiar, “Welcome to
K-State.” They are the ones ushering us to our seats, scanning our tickets,
serving us food, taking out the trash and keeping up with all the needs of
each visitor. More than 1,000 employees, many working 12- to 16-hour
shifts, make the fan experience possible. In total, they put in about 15,000
hours for just one game.
Saturday marks the last home game for the Wildcats this season. It
would be an impossible task to familiarize oneself with each of the 1,000
faces behind the scenes, like we do so often for every single football star.
But we went behind the scenes before the Oct. 25 game against Texas,
following crews on Friday and on Saturday from 3 a.m. until the 11 a.m.
kickoff. Here’s a look at all they do.

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