June 17, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash.- University of Idaho and Washington State University officials will sign a contract Monday, June 21, making WSU's Martin Stadium home field for the Idaho Vandals football team as well as the WSU Cougars. A contract signing ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the stadium. UI and WSU presidents Robert Hoover and Samuel Smith, athletic directors Mike Bohn and Rick Dickson, and football coaches Chris Tormey and Mike Price will attend the signing.
The school's Mascots, Idaho's Vandal Joe and WSU's Butch the Cougar, are also expected to witness the event.
In November 1997, the two universities -- located eight miles apart -- began negotiations for the Vandals to play their home football games on the WSU campus. An agreement and the terms of a contract have now been completed. Martin Stadium's 37,600 seating capacity allows Idaho to meet the NCAA's minimum stadium seating requirement of 30,000 for full Division I-A membership. Idaho is currently not a full I-A member because its home stadium, the Kibbie Dome, seats only 16,000.
The agreement creates an odd turnabout. Idaho's first home game at Martin Stadium will be Sept. 18 when the Vandals host the WSU Cougars. The Vandals are slated for four home games at Martin Stadium. The Cougars will play six official home games plus Idaho on the WSU campus. On Oct. 9 Martin Stadium will be the site of a doubleheader, with WSU playing host to Southwestern Louisiana at 1:00 p.m. and the Vandals hosting North Texas immediately following the Cougar game.
The combined Martin Stadium schedule includes:
Sept. 4 WSU vs. Utah Sept. 18 Idaho vs. WSU Sept. 25 WSU vs. Arizona Oct. 2 WSU vs. California Oct. 9 WSU vs. Southwestern Louisiana Idaho vs. North Texas Oct. 23 Idaho vs. Utah State Oct. 30 WSU vs. Oregon State Nov. 13 WSU vs. USC Nov. 20 Idaho vs. Boise State