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College Sports in Kansas
Kansas is nearly the direct center of the United States, and features a healthy, competitive college sports landscape.
Manhattan residents love their Kansas State Wildcats, while the people of Lawrence love their University of Kansas Jayhawks. To the south is Wichita, home to the Wichita State University Shockers. Travel through the Sunflower State during any season of the year and experience the excitement and thrills of college baseball, basketball, and football.
Kansas State University is a public institution and was established in 1863. Fielding 14 varsity level athletic teams competing in the Big 12 Conference, the K-State Wildcats have seen success in basketball, notably the women’s basketball team which has a top-15 all time winning percentage. The KSU football team has seen a range of success, including a number 1 overall ranking in 1998.
Established in 1865, the University of Kansas is the pride of Lawrence and surrounding neighbor cities like Topeka, Olathe, and Ottawa. The Kansas Jayhawks feature 18 varsity level athletic teams. Jayhawks men’s basketball has established itself as a top program in the country, with consistent top-10 rankings and appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Catch a game at the Allen Fieldhouse.
In Wichita, dubbed the “Air Capital of the World” because of a rich history of air plane manufacturing, fans travel from nearby cities like El Dorado to check out the Wichita State Shockers. Competing in the Missouri Valley Conference, the WSU Shockers field competitive teams in sports like men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and men’s and women’s tennis.
Wildcats at Kansas State
Kansas State University, established in 1863, is found in Manhattan, just west of Topeka – cities situated in the eastern region of Kansas. The oldest public university in Kansas, K-State features a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, along with 14 varsity level athletic teams.
The K-State Wildcats football team has seen national success, culminating in a number one overall ranking in 1998, leading to a slew of new fans in cities like Emporia, and McPherson. Their first season was 1896, and they play all home games at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, while competing within the Big 12 Conference.
The K-State Wildcats compete in the annual Sunflower Showdown against in-state rival Kansas Jayhawks, with the winner taking home the Governor’s Cup.
The K-State men’s basketball program has seen its share of recent success, earing a #2 seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Playing their first season in 1902, the Wildcats have a rich history, with over 25 NCAA Tournament appearances. Visitors from nearby Junction City make the drive into Manhattan to visit the Bramlage Coliseum, home court of the K-State men’s and women’s basketball teams.
During the spring, head to Frank Myers Field at Tointon Family Stadium, home to the K-State Wildcats baseball team. Join nearly 3,000 Wildcats fans as they root for home runs, strikeouts, and double plays.
Jayhawks at Kansas State
Found in Lawrence, a charming and fun city, the University of Kansas was established in 1865, and is the flagship university for the state of Kansas. KU, as it’s more commonly known, features a variety of graduate and undergraduate degree programs for its diverse student body.
Athletically, KU features 16 varsity level teams competing in the Big 12 Conference, and have a slew of fans across the state – from Parsons to Ottowa. The KU Jayhawks are most known for their prowess in men’s basketball.
Playing all home games at Allen Fieldhouse, the KU Jayhawks have been a dominant force in the men’s game, winning a slew of conference championships and three national titles in 1952, 1988, and 2008. The Lady Jayhawks also play their home games at Allen Fieldhouse.
During the fall, head to Memorial Stadium and join more than 50,000 screaming Jayhawk football fans as they cheer on their favorite Big 12 team. Fans travel in on game day from cities like Olathe, and Kansas City to catch all the buzz and excitement of Jayhawks football.
College baseball fans in the Sunflower State make their way to Hoglund Ballpark, home field of the KU Jayhawks baseball team. Many fans travel in during the spring from Topeka for a chance to be part of the crowd of nearly 2,500 fans.
The Shockers at WSU
Set in the city of Wichita, Wichita State University is a public university established in 1895. Wichita State University offers undergraduate degrees in more than 200 areas of study.
Athletically, the Wichita State Shockers compete in the Missouri Valley Conference, and feature 15 varsity teams ranging from baseball to men’s and women’s basketball, and softball. The Shockers have tight compeition from their neighbors to the east – the Kansas Jayhawks call Lawrence home, and the Kansas State Wildcats are set in Manhattan.
Fans of the WSU Shockers basketball teams travel in from cities like McPherson and El Dorado for all the slams and jams – head to the Charles Koch Arena and more than 10,000 Shockers fans as they cheer them on to success. Both the men’s and women’s Shockers teams play at Charles Koch Arena.
Baseball fans in the Wichita area make their way to Eck Stadium to watch the Shockers baseball team compete for a shot at the College World Series. Fans of the Shockers softball team make regular trips to the C. Howard Wilkins Softball Complex and take in all the strikeouts and double plays of the exciting Missouri Valley Conference.