Sept. 12, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Fans who attend Washington State University football games at Martin Stadium this season will see a much different venue than the one they left in 2006.
This past December, the renovation of the football stadium began, and, just over nine months later, fans will be able to experience the benefits that the initial stadium renovations will offer. These benefits will allow fans to have a more fan-friendly game-day experience with easier access in and out of the stadium, more concession areas, and improved and expanded restroom facilities.
The Sept. 15 Idaho game will mark the first contest at the stadium since the renovation began. This is an ongoing renovation, and the work will not stop just because it's football season.
Work at the north side of the stadium should be substantially complete as all restrooms will be operating and concession areas will be open by the time of the Idaho game. In addition, the student entry gate (Gate J) at the northwest side of the stadium will be functional. The work on the north side encompasses Phase II of the renovation. Funding for this phase is through a student fee, which was approved with overwhelming support by WSU students in March 2006.
At the south (press box) side, the new restrooms will be operating. The southwest restrooms (near the CUB) were demolished in July and will not be re-built for the 2007 season. However, with the addition of the new south restrooms, there will be a net gain of lavatories on this side of the stadium. In addition, with the southwest restroom demolition, there will be an expanded concourse allowing for improved pedestrian traffic flow in that area.
As was the case last year, with the continued construction occurring at the CUB, a temporary walkway between Rogers Field and the stadium leading to Gate H will be in place. The renovations will have no affect on pregame events at Rogers Field or pregame and postgame events at the Fieldhouse.
At the stadium's east side, the configuration will not be much different than last season as there will be portalettes and moveable concession stands in that area. The significant difference is there will be two gates rather than the four that were available in the past. These gates will be located at the northeast and southeast corners.
The work at the south and the east sides of the stadium is part of Phase I, which is funded primarily through a facility fee placed on football tickets. The goal is to complete Phases I and II prior to the beginning of the 2008 season.
The WSU Athletic Department appreciates the fans' patience as construction continues throughout the season. For more information regarding the renovation of Martin Stadium, please visit martinstadium.org.