It’s a hit!

Morgan Family Arena — the new home of K-State volleyball — sparks joy for all involved

K-S-U resounds throughout the Morgan Family Arena as fans cheer K-State’s volleyball team through every bump-set-spike sequence. Excitement fills the air, and with good reason. The young Wildcat team with a new coach also has a new and impressive home.

Playing in the old Ahearn Field House was nostalgic, but nothing quite compares to having a brand new facility that makes a statement — we’re here to compete with the toughest in the nation.

“The inaugural season in the Morgan Family Arena was one I will never forget,” said Head Coach Jason Mansfield. “From our very first match versus Omaha to our sell outs against Nebraska and Texas to our epic Top 25 wins, you could feel the electricity from the crowd every single match. The players absolutely love competing in the new arena, and we want to continue to make it one of the toughest places to play in the country.”

Brenda and Ward Morgan of Manhattan, Kansas, gave the lead gift to make the new volleyball arena a reality.

“It’s more than a game for us,” Brenda explained. “It’s about community, resilience and teamwork — values that resonate deeply with our family.

“Seeing the arena come alive during the first game, in the arena with our name on it, was incredibly moving,” she said. “We were honored to be a part of this best-in-class facility and loved the energy that the students and fans brought to every game.”

The new arena is a hit with the fans, and most of all with the players.

“Playing at the Morgan Family Arena is unlike any other feeling,” said Aliyah Carter, who plays the outside/opposite hitter position. “I’ve played in places with a lot of fans (Nebraska, Texas), but it will never compare to looking up during match point and seeing a wave of purple. Playing at ‘The Morg’ has shown me what true K-State pride is. I wish everyone got to feel that feeling.”

The Morgans hope the new facility benefits the team, K-State and the community.

“We respect leaders and organizations that have an impact in their community,” Ward said. “Knowing we played a part in making the new arena happen is deeply rewarding.”

So pack ‘The Morg,’ because, as the Morgans remind us, a packed house is a competitive advantage. Come cheer the team on to victory. K-S-U!

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