PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University Cougar fans can participate in pre-game activities in the Seattle area the week before the football season opener against the University of Nevada Wolf Pack Aug. 31.

WSU coaches will talk to fans about the upcoming season at the annual WSU Fall Sports Kickoff. The event will feature activities for kids, dinner and a chance to meet with former Cougar athletes. It is set for 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26, in the new Seahawks Stadium West Club level. Fans should register before Aug. 23 by calling (206) 448-1335.

Tickets cost $30 for Cougar Club members and $35 for non-members. Tickets for children 14 and under are $15 and family packages for two adults and two children or three children and one adult are available for $70.

Special guests will include WSU President V. Lane Rawlins, athletic director Jim Sterk, football coach Mike Price, volleyball coach Cindy Frederick, soccer coach Dan Tobias, cross country coach Jason Drake and Butch, the WSU mascot. Former Cougar athletes also will be present. The event is presented by the King County Cougar Club and the WSU Athletic Foundation.

Rawlins will discuss the need for a permanent funding plan for higher education during a live interview on KUOW’s “Weekday” radio program at 9 a.m., Aug. 28. The program can be heard on 94.9 FM in Seattle. Following the program, Rawlins will be interviewed on KPLU, 88.5 FM.

Cougar fans of all ages can participate in a pre-game event the day of the season opener (Aug. 31). It is set for the Seattle Exhibition Center adjacent to the stadium from 9 a.m. until the noon kick-off. There is no cost to attend the event that includes inflatable games for all ages, interactive WSU displays and other children’s activities provided by WSU 4-H Development members. Concessions will be available as will a separate beer garden. The Bookie will have many WSU items for sale. Special appearances by the WSU Marching Band, cheerleaders and Butch are planned.