MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State University will open its 2021 football campaign in Arlington, Texas.
The Wildcats will play Stanford University on Sept. 4 in the 2021 Allstate Kickoff Classic at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
“We were honored when AT&T Stadium contacted us about potentially playing in this prestigious game,” Athletics Director Gene Taylor said. “The idea of taking a home game away from Manhattan and Bill Snyder Family Stadium is a big decision, and as a staff and university, we feel that it is an opportunity that we could not pass up."
The game was originally scheduled to be played in Manhattan, Kan. Instead, K-State's first home game will be the next weekend against Southern Illinois. K-State will then play Nevada at Bill Snyder Stadium on Sept. 18.
Kansas State will be making its fourth appearance in the DFW area in non-conference games following Cotton Bowl appearances in 1997, 2001 and 2012.
“We are excited to be able to play a high-profile football game in one of our top recruiting markets,” said Richard B. Myers, president of Kansas State University. “K-State has nearly 15,000 alumni and friends in Texas, with half of those in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Our fans are familiar with the area and will, no doubt, turn out to support the Wildcats.”