Duck AD: A home field advantage for Oregon

OREGON'S ATHLETIC DIRECTOR doesn't think much of the expected Washington State fan turnout for this week's Wazzu-Oregon game at Seattle's CenturyLink Field. Indeed, Rob Mullens wrote in a letter to Oregon fans this week that Saturday night's tilt can provide for the Ducks the home field advantage.

"We are looking forward to the game this Saturday at Washington State. We have an opportunity to make CenturyLink Field virtually a home game, and show yet another national television audience, the strength of our passionate fan base," wrote Mullens.

Washington State said 55,000 tickets for the game had been sold as of yesterday. CenturyLink's seating capacity is 67,000. A year ago, just less than 50,000 attended Washington State's game against Oregon State at Century Link.

Since Aug. 4, tickets for the Seattle game went on sale to the general public.

As of Aug. 1, just before tickets went on sale to the general public, WSU had sold 35,137 seats. How many of the roughly 20,000 tickets sold since belong to Duck fans is anyone's guess. (The 35,137 total included 5,600 seats set aside for distribution to WSU students and 4,000 more that were allotted to Oregon.)

Until June 8, tickets for the Seattle game were available only to WSU season ticket holders and contributors to the Cougar Athletic Fund. The scope was widened to include Cougar boosters from June 8 to August 4.

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