Fans beat attendance projection for 'Wichita State Day at the K'
More than 1,700 Wichita State University fans flooded Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium Saturday, June 21, lining up hours in advance for the first “Wichita State Day at the K.” The event was a promotion for the Kansas City Royals versus the Seattle Mariners game, in collaboration with WSU’s Office of Admissions.
Supporters from Kansas City joined with WSU alumni and a large contingent of Shocker fans. Among them was Wu Shock, wearing an official Royals jersey, and Shocker basketball players Fred VanVleet, Tekele Cotton and Ron Baker, who participated in the honorary first pitch activities.
Fans arrived early hoping to be one of the 750 attendees lucky enough to score one-of-a-kind, dual-themed Royals/Shockers ball caps, designed exclusively for the event. Additionally, 60 fans were chosen for VIP treatment when the Royal’s Shocker Fan Express charter bus arrived in Wichita to shuttle them, WSU student ambassadors and staff to the game. The bus was provided by the Royals and Fox Sports Network.
The event kept Twitter busy Saturday afternoon, with photos and tweets from the game trending with the official hashtag #royalshocks. The Royals initially projected to sell 750 seats for the Wichita State Day at the K promotion, but Shocker fans crushed that projection. Fox Sports Network took advantage of the opportunity to get an exclusive interview with Cotton, Baker and VanVleet during the third inning.