May 18, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University has changed the anticipated starting times of home football games next fall to 1:00 p.m., WSU Athletic Director Rick Dickson announced Tuesday.
"The change in our regular starting time was made after an extensive survey of season ticket holders and Cougar Club members showed the 1:00 p.m. starting time was favored by a two to one margin," Dickson said.
"We received responses from nearly 1500 fans and 46 percent of the responses selected 1:00 p.m. as the ideal starting time," Dickson added. Other times considered in the survey included 12:30, 1:30 and the 2:00 p.m. kickoff time WSU has used since 1987.
All WSU starting times are subject to changes needed to accommodate live national and regional television requests, according to Dickson. The traditional starting times for ABC-TV is 12:30 p.m. or an occasional 4:00 p.m. game. FOX Sports Net games usually begin at 3:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.
"ABC has already selected our home game with USC for a 4:00 p.m. telecast and FOX Sports has tentatively scheduled our game at Stanford for an evening telecast," Dickson said.
Fans responding to the survey favored an earlier start, which allows them to return home earlier in the evening, Dickson pointed out.
"This decision is based on what our fans have indicated works best for them," Dickson said. "A large percentage of our fans do not live in the immediate area of Whitman Country and those fans want to get home a little earlier.
Dickson also pointed out a 1:00 p.m. kickoff time means fewer time adjustments for campus activities when ABC televises a Cougar game. "We still will have to make adjustments when FOX picks a WSU home for television, but when ABC requests a 12:30 p.m. start, fewer adjustments will be needed."
The complete WSU starting time with tentative starting times:
Sept. 4 - Utah at Pullman (1:00) Sept. 11 - Stanford at Stanford (7:00) Sept. 18 - Idaho at Pullman (1:00) Sept. 25 - Arizona at Pullman (1:00) Oct. 2 - California at Pullman (1:00) Oct. 9 - Southwestern Louisiana at Pullman (1:00) Oct. 16 - Bye Oct. 23 - Arizona State at Tempe (4:00) Oct. 30 - Oregon State at Pullman (1:00) Nov. 6 - Oregon at Eugene (1:00) Nov. 13 - USC at Pullman (4:00) Nov. 20 - Washington at Seattle (12:30) Nov. 27 - Hawaii at Honolulu (8:00) All game times subject to change All game times Pacific Time Zone