Phase III of the Martin renovation involves the construction of luxury suites, loge boxes, and club seats in a gorgeous edifice atop the north stands. For two reasons, the project is critical to the long-term success of WSU football.
First, the 2,200 premium seats created will nearly double the revenue the school generates from home football games, from about $2 million currently to approximately $4 million. And second, having a jewel of a stadium will put a supercharge into recruiting efforts –- world-class facilities attract world-class athletes.
The immediate need to secure down payments on those seats is driven by this: Once 80 percent of the premium seats are claimed by fans, WSU can leverage the bond market to help finance construction.
SIDE-VIEW OF THE PLANNED PREMIUM SEATING TIER ON THE STUDENT SIDE OF THE STADIUM. Color renderings of the frontal view are at the bottom of this page.
Of note is that to secure premium seats now only requires a down payment -- a $300 deposit per seat -- with full payment not due until spring 2011 at the earliest. Moreover, if seats are secured now, the owner gets a big say in where they're located.
The town-hall meetings that Sterk is holding are open to the general public. However, space is limited so RSVPs are needed. Contact Michelle Lipsker at the WSU Athletic Foundation at 509-335-0218 to get your spot. The dates and locales are:
• Thursday, October 29 – Pullman, (Fireside Grille, 6-8 p.m.)
• Tuesday, November 3 – Seattle (Bellevue Hyatt, 6-8 p.m.)
• Wednesday, November 4 – Tacoma (The Hub, 6-8 p.m.)
• Thursday, November 5 – Vancouver/Portland (The Rose Garden, Portland 6-8 p.m.)
• Wednesday, November 11 – Tri-Cities (Meadow Springs CC, Richland, 6-8 p.m.)
• Thursday, November 12 – Spokane (Northern Quest Casino, 6-8 p.m.)
Phase III will cost about $33 million. Nearly $17 million has been raised so far. Cougar fans are being asked to help by making a down payment to buy premium seats, and by donating to the construction effort.
The 2,200 luxury box, loge and club seats will offer a high-end, comfortable and exclusive way to watch games. Chairs will be deluxe sized and appointed. Liquor sales will be available for these ticketholders in a private lounge area, replete with flat screen TVs and upscale food offerings.
Luxury suites seat up to 24, loge boxes come in 4-person and 6-person configurations and club seats can be purchased indoors or outdoors. To get your piece of the rock, contact Dan Meyer in the athletic department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-335-0236.
For more information on Phase III, including a video summary, click HERE.
ARTIST'S RENDERING OF WHAT ONE VIEW OF THE PREMIUM AREA WILL LOOK LIKE ON GAME DAY.
ARTIST'S RENDERING OF WHAT PHASE III WILL LOOK LIKE WHEN COMPLETED. THIS IS THE STUDENT SIDE OF THE STADIUM AS VIEWED FROM STADIUM WAY.