Kansas State fans will see more of the Wildcats on ESPN3 this year, starting with the football team’s opening game against Central Arkansas.

K-State athletics and SIDEARM Sports have partnered on an improved full digital platform that will move approximately 40 K-State sporting events to ESPN3, the streaming home for every game that is broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.

The partnership will also include a new athletics website for K-State.

 “We are excited to team up with SIDEARM Sports as our full digital provider as well as add additional live events to ESPN3,” said Kenny Lannou, senior associate athletic director for communications and public relations. “Both of these platforms will bring more exposure to the K-State brand and our programs while also making it easier for our fans across the globe to watch their favorite Wildcat teams.”

In the past, many of the games included in K-State’s third-tier television package were broadcast online by the university via K-StateHD.TV. The in-house network will continue to produce games for ESPN3, with Brian Smoller and former K-State tight end Travis Tannahill calling the football action on Sept. 2 when K-State plays its first football game of the season against Central Arkansas.

Any games remaining on K-StateHD.TV will now be available for free, instead of charging a subscription fee.

The majority of K-State’s nonconference games in men’s basketball will continue to be televised by Fox Sports Midwest, Cox Channel Kansas and Fox College Sports within the Sunflower State. Those games will be available to fans outside the region on ESPN3.

ESPN3 is accessible on many platforms. Sports fans can watch it on computers, smartphones, tablets and televisions with streaming devices like Apple TV. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to those who subscribe to ESPN. It is also available at no cost to college students and military personnel when they stream while connected to on-campus educational and on-base military networks.