A NEW TRADITION at Washington State begins on Saturday. Prior to WSU's tilt with Montana State, Coug fans can join the football players and coaches for the first ever Cougar Pride Walk. The Cougar Nation will form a tunnel for the team to walk through -- from the Cougar Pride statue to the Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
The Cougar Pride Statue is located next to the WSU Athletics Ticket Office at 720 NE Stadium Way. The Cougar Nation is encouraged to begin arriving around 1:30 p.m. and form the tunnel, with the walk scheduled to commence at appx. 2 p.m.
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There are other changes fans will notice about the Cougar Gameday experience too -- including upgrades to Hollingbery Fieldhouse and the Rogers Practice Field.
The fieldhouse underwent an extensive reworking, including painting the entire inside and ceiling. Rogers Practice Field underwent a nearly $1 million renovation -- the latest version of FieldTurf was installed along with a new brick building on the south end that will house all football-related equipment.
Other Cougar Gameday items to be aware of:
The Food Fair will take place in Hollingbery Fieldhouse beginning 3 ½ hours before kick-off. A change this year includes the sale of spirits, in addition to beer and wine, in the Hollingbery Fieldhouse prior to the game. There is no postgame event in Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
The WSU Ticket Office, located in the NE corner of Martin Stadium, will continue to open three hours before kick-off. A new addition to the ticketing process this season will be WSU Athletics scanning tickets for fans entering Martin Stadium. Fans may still exit and re-enter, however, upon exiting fans must have their tickets scanned each time they leave.
Ticket sales, general will call, and player-guest will call will be located at the ticket office on Cougar Gameday. Student ticket day of game sales will still take place at the student gate.
WSU Athletics and Parking Services will continue charging $10 on Cougar Gameday to park in the Lewis Alumni Center Parking Lot and the Tennis Court Lot. In addition, WSU Athletics and Parking Services have made changes to RV parking for the upcoming season. A few of the changes include ingress traffic revisions for IPF and General RV parking as well as the ability to pre-purchase parking in the RV lot behind the Indoor Practice Facility. All general RV lots will cost $40 for the weekend.
Pullman Transit and WSU Athletics have teamed up to provide free Cougar Gameday service available to spectators. Some of the routes have changed to provide a more efficient service to guests.
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This is also WSU's baseball alumni weekend and the long list of Cougar greats who will be on hand include Aaron Sele and Tom Niedenfuer.
If you haven't bought your tickets, it's not too late. Season tickets are currently on sale. Tickets are available online at www.wsucougars.com or by phone at 1-800-GO-COUGS.
Also on Saturday before the game against MSU, Washington State will honor the tradition that began, and continues to this day, on the Cougfan.com message boards.
Individuals who have waved Ol' Crimson, the Washington State Cougar flag, on ESPN College GameDay telecasts will be recognized in pregame ceremonies.