Aug. 24, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - When the Washington State Cougars and Idaho Vandals stage their annual football Battle of the Palouse Thursday, Aug. 30, in Martin Stadium, the respective coaching staffs will not be the only entities who have developed a game plan.
Representatives from WSU's Athletic Foundation, WSU Parking Services, the local Kiwanis chapter that monitors game-day parking lots, and the athletic department's event operations personnel have put together a game plan they believe will meet the needs of fans attending the mid-week football game.
With classes in session all day Thursday, WSU officials note most parking lots in the core campus region will be used by faculty and staff throughout the day and will not begin to empty until late in the afternoon. To help lessen the traffic congestion late in the day when football fans begin arriving, University officials have suggested the following:
* Football fans, as well as WSU personnel are encouraged to use Pullman Transit, which will extend its A, D and Express routes until after the end of the football game,
* Park & Ride locations on the Pullman Transit Routes will be available, including locations at the Pullman Transit transfer station downtown, Terre View Drive, Chief Joseph apartments, and the Valley Road playfields,
* Car pooling is being encouraged by everyone who will be on campus Thursday,
* WSU departments are being encouraged to be flexible with work schedules Aug. 30, allowing alternate or earlier shifts that will allow employees to go home earlier than normal,
* Vandal fans attending the game are encouraged to park in the Idaho campus area and utilize available bus service to the game,
"We recognize parking congestion will be greater than we normally experience for Saturday games," said WSU Athletics Director Jim Sterk. "We are doing everything we can so our faculty, staff and students will not be inconvenienced during the day, while at the same time trying to make sure we can accommodate the large football crowd we expect Thursday evening. With all the planning that has been done, patience may still be the most important factor."
"The Washington State University/University of Idaho game is a wonderful way to begin the fall season of sports offerings at the university. It provides students from both schools the opportunity to support their teams in a venture nearby," Glenn Ford, assistant vice president for business affairs, said. "I encourage everyone to join the excitement of college athletics and support our student-athletes."
WSU has the opportunity to have the public visit campus on a class day. While not disrupting the academic processes, we hope many of our faculty, staff and students will be able to meet our football visitors and show off our campus to these enthusiastic supporters, Ford said
University officials opted for the Thursday night game to allow FOX Sports Net Northwest to televise the game live throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. "We also believe the Thursday night game will draw a larger crowd because fans will attend who normally leave the area for the three-day Labor Day Weekend," offered Sterk. Sterk indicated a Saturday game could not have been televised live.
Specific parking information follows.
GENERAL PUBLIC PARKING:
All traditional general public lots will be available for general parking, although university personnel will also be using these lots throughout the day. On the east side of campus, these lots include:
* Meats Lab Lot east of the Lewis Alumni Centre
* South Fairway Road/Lane Lots
* USDA Lot and Greenhouse Lots on Grimes Way
* Olympia Avenue Lot southeast of the Vet Teaching Hospital
General parking lots on the west side of campus include:
* Daggy Hall Lot
* Several lots off Spokane Street
* Veterans Way street parking
* College Avenue lots
* Columbia Street lots
PRESIDENT'S ASSOCIATES/LAUREATES & BENEFACTORS (PA/L) PARKING
Traditional lots for President's Associates, Laureates and Benefactors will be available, including the Library Garage and the PA lot east of Lighty Student Services Building, both lots will be staffed with parking attendants beginning at 2:00 p.m.
WSU ATHLETIC FOUNDATION PARKING:
Four overflow parking lots have been set up for the Idaho game only to accommodate donor parking:
* Indoor Practice Facility Pad (south of WSU's baseball field and adjacent to the Coliseum RV lot) - Donor RV/B/C parking pass holders,
* Spillman Lot (South of Grimes Way playfield along Grimes Way) - B/C pass holders,
* Student Recreation Center, Lower Bay (south of the SRC, north of the golf course clubhouse) - A/AA passes,
* Pullman LDS Church (off Orchard Drive just north of the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum) - A/AA passes.
The traditional lots used by Athletic Foundation donors will also be available, although the number of parking spaces in each lot is expected to be less than for traditional Saturday games. Those lots include:
* AA Passes - Fine Arts Parking Structure,
* A Passes - Johnson Lot off Stadium Way, Wilson Road east of Stadium Way, and Food and Human Nutrition Lot off South Fairway,
* B Passes - Grimes Way Lot east of Stadium Way, East Coliseum Lot, and College Avenue,
* C Passes - Cleveland Lot off Nevada Street.
Donors with concerns about parking arrangements for the WSU-Idaho game are encouraged to call the WSU Athletic Foundation at 1-877-462-2684 (toll free).
"To view the WSU/UI football game parking plan, visit http://www.wsu.edu/parking/battle.html