Oct. 22, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University athletic department officials confirmed this week the Cougars' upcoming Pacific-10 conference showdown with Oregon State has been sold out.
"The last of our tickets were picked up by WSU students Monday," said Pete Isakson, WSU's associate athletic director for external operations. General public tickets were sold out last week, according to Isakson.
"We still have on sale several thousand tickets for both the UCLA game Nov. 8 and the Arizona State game Nov. 15," Isakson reported. "They include both donor seats along the south sidelines and non-donor seating."
Isakson also said the Cougars had sold more than 22,000 season tickets for the current football season, a high water mark for the Cougars.
"Our totals included 12,830 tickets sold and distributed to the general public and 9,276 student tickets," he said. The breakdown included an all-time high 10,583 general public sales. The student ticket breakdown included 7,194 sales for the entire school year and another 2,082 sales for the fall semester only.
"I congratulate our fans in their support of this Cougar football team," said Jim Sterk, WSU's director of athletics. "Sales to our boosters and to our students have increased significantly over the past three seasons and we appreciate their commitment to Cougar athletics."
This week Pullman is gearing up for the largest football crowd of the season and a large Dads' Weekend crowd. In addition to the 3:30 p.m. football game with Oregon State, numerous other activities are planned related to the annual weekend that draws many parents of WSU students to campus. Jay Leno is the headline performer Saturday evening, with over 11,000 tickets already sold to his performance.
"With so many people in town for the game and other activities, we hope many of our visitors will take advantage of the city's transit system to attend the football game move around town," said John David Wicker, WSU's athletic event director. He noted additional service has also been added to accommodate fans going to the Leno performance.
Changes in transportation and parking procedures include (for more detailed information, link to www.wsu.edu/parking/gameday.html):
* Pullman Transit and WSU Athletics will team up to provide free game day shuttle service to WSU home football games; * The shuttle service will begin three hours before kickoff and run continuously for 1.5 hours after the game; along with the usual transit service and campus shuttle on Saturday (Saturday North and South routes), two Express routes and a new Visitor Center/Downtown shuttle will be offered; * Additional service has been added for fans attending the Jay Leno performance Saturday evening.
Wicker also announced that all recreational vehicle parking permits to the Beasley Lot were sold prior to the opening game. Additional non-reserved RV parking is available for $20 per game in the following areas: the area behind the Indoor Practice Facility and the lot across from the South Fairway Playfield; for fan convenience, payment boxes will be located within each lot; alternative non-reserved RV parking is also available (currently at no charge) in the following areas: the Wilson Road lot across from the Cooper Publication Building and the Feed Plant lot on Grimes Way
Fans who have not attended early-season games will experience a change in WSU's Food Fair Alcohol Policy, according to Wicker. This year during the pre-game Food Fair, beer and wine will be served, but no alcohol will be served at the Food Fair after the game.
WSU University Relations and city of Pullman have also teamed up to provide numerous activities designed to enhance the football weekend experience of Cougar fans (for more information, link to http://wsucougars.ocsn.com/genrel/090403aaa.html).