Cougar Football: Game Day primer

THE COUGAR FOOTBALL SEASON begins four weeks from tomorrow -- fall camp kicks off in only two days. There are some changes this year for home games, things you need to know for getting around Pullman on Game Day. For the Cougs' Seattle tilt at Qwest on Sept. 8, another travel option is available both to and from the game. Ticket information, the complete schedule plus much more, right this way.

There will be new Stadium Way traffic restrictions this football season for all home games.

A temporary "restricted traffic zone" on Stadium Way between Grimes Way and Orchard Dr./Colorado St. will be in place from two hours before kickoff until two hours after the game's conclusion. The only traffic that will be allowed during this time will be vehicles displaying disability permits intending to drop off persons with disabilities, emergency vehicles, transit vehicles and stadium-support vehicles.

The changes are especially necessary "as we grow into the newly renovated Martin Stadium," said John David Wicker, WSU associate athletic director for event and facility operations.

The measure, said Washington State in a release, is being made in an effort to improve pedestrian safety and security, direct the flow of exit traffic from campus more expeditiously by consolidating exit traffic flow from campus side streets and parking areas and to encourage the use of public transit.

Football fans are encouraged to arrive early and make use of the free public transit shuttles on game days. Complete information on the game day traffic revision and travel routes is available here. Also, a comprehensive list of home football weekend events, activities, and dining options will be made available, soon, here.

SPEAKING OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, fans not wanting to deal with traffic and parking for the Cougar Gridiron Classic -- Sept. 8, Qwest Field in Seattle, 4 p.m. kickoff -- can take advantage of the Cougar Train to and from the game.

Sound Transit is running a special event train to Seattle for the WSU vs. San Diego State at Qwest. The train will serve Sounder stations in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Tukwila, Everett and Edmonds.

Kickoff is 4 p.m., trains will depart King Street Station 30 minutes after the game ends. For complete details, click here.

SINGLE GAME TICKETS will be first made available in a special online pre-sale event Saturday, Aug. 3, starting at 10 a.m. For complete details, click on this link.

For season tickets and for tickets to WSU's Cougar Gridiron Classic, call 1-800-GO-COUGS or go online at wsucougars.com. Prices range from $7 to $50 for the Sept. 8 game.

THE FULL 2007 Cougar schedule can be found here along with the latest information on start times. All games are subject to time change in order to accommodate television schedules.

The Cougs to date have 5-of-12 games that were early pick-ups for broadcast by ABC/ESPN and Fox Sports. Additional games during the season can be selected for broadcast by ABC/ESPN, Fox Sports Regional affiliates and on other networks such as VERSUS . VERSUS is in effect taking over the Pac-10 broadcasts previously carried by TBS in recent years. The networks generally make their in-season selections either 12 or 6 days in advance.

FALL PRACTICES BEGIN SUNDAY with the first practice scheduled for 3 p.m. and unless you've been in a cave unreachable by print, radio and carrier pigeon, you're well aware CF.C will have our complete report that evening after the practice and interviews end as we kick off our fall camp coverage. Over the last 7 years-plus, Cougfan.com is the only publication/media source -- of any kind -- that has religiously covered daily fall and spring practice sessions of the WSU football team.

And for '07, we've assembled the finest staff we've ever had for the fall camp.

Check in daily over the next month for all the crimson-hued news, notes, breaking news, exclusive CF.C photos and much more coming from our crack team of reporters and photojournalists that we've assembled with their boots on the ground in Pullman this fall.

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And if you're going to be counting the hours 'til Sunday's late afternoon practice, we'll have an article up the day before, on Saturday, to help tide you over. Look for a piece on one of Wazzu's invited walk-ons, all 6-5 and 290 pounds of him, who will take the field Sunday for the first time as a Coug.

Cougar Football is right around the corner. Bring it.


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