Seattle sales: Catching-up time for WSU fans

COUGAR FANS have until Saturday at 10 a.m. to corner the market on tickets for the Sept. 29 game in Seattle at CenturyLink Field between Washington State and Oregon. That's when tickets go on sale to the general public. So far, in sales targeted to season ticketholders, donors and alumni association members, WSU has sold 35,137 seats -- far below what WSU officials had hoped for at this juncture.

That means Cougar fans have left plenty of room for Duck fans, starting Saturday, to fill in the rest of the stadium.

CenturyLink seats 67,000.

While the 35,137 sold so far is 11,000 more than at this point in time for last year's WSU-Oregon State game in Seattle, it's not close to what WSU officials had set as their goal this year.

Ine early June, assistant athletic director Mike Marlow said he believed Cougar fans would purchase around 55,000 tickets by the time of this Saturday's opening of sales to the general public.

The current sales total includes 5,600 seats that have been set aside for distribution to WSU students starting Aug. 27, and 4,000 that have been allotted to Oregon. Paul Finn, WSU's director of ticket operations, says Cougar fans have a long history of buying late to events. And the Seahawks have told him they've seen the same trend line in their sales. So Finn says he's confident the Cougar contingent on Sept. 29 will be a large one.

For people who are members of the Cougar Athletic Foundation, or want to join the CAF now (annual memberships start at $50), they'll have dibs on the best seats available if they buy before Saturday, and they'll also have the option of pre-ordering single-game tickets to the Apple Cup and other home games. Coug fans who are not donors to the CAF, season ticket holders, past single-game buyers or alumni association members are highly encouraged to buy through on Saturday right at 10 a.m. in order to get the best tickets available.

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In the WSU athletic department's latest quarterly magazine, Moos talked about the importance of having an annual game in Seattle.

"The majority of our undergraduate enrollment is from the west side of the state, in addition to having over 80,000 alums and numerous corporate partners on the west side," he said. "It's important again to have a presence there to make sure the people on the west side of the state understand and appreciate the mission of Washington State University. The entire week leading up to a Pac-12 football game gives us an opportunity to wave our flag and educate people on the many great things that this university is doing for the state of Washington."

Moos also said he decided that every Seattle game would be against Oregon or Oregon State "because as we're building our program if we don't fill the seats with Cougars, those schools are only three and a half hours away on I-5 and travel very well."

Financially speaking, the difference between drawing 50,000 vs. a sellout of 67,000 is huge: approximately $500,000 in additional revenue, for a total of about $2 million.


  • In its nine previous games at CenturyLink (formerly Qwest Field), WSU's attendance has averaged 50,220 per game. Last year's game with OSU drew just less than 50,000.

  • The Cougars are 5-4 when playing at CenturyLink Field.

  • Sales of season tickets for WSU's six Martin Stadium games this season are now at 13,303, an increase of more than 3,000 from last season, Finn reports. "We're back at 2008 levels and climbing," he said. More than half of the increase has come from the premium seats inside the new press box. There's still a ways to go to get back to the 2003 and '04 season ticket sales levels, which were 15,000-plus.

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