PULLMAN, Wash. — With two big events scheduled at Washington State University for the Saturday (Oct. 25) of Dad’s Weekend, local transportation and parking officials are urging people who will be visiting campus to plan ahead and look into transit and parking alternatives.

Kickoff for the Pac-10 football showdown between the WSU Cougars and Oregon State Beavers has been pushed back to 3:30 p.m. at Martin Stadium; the game will be telecast live by FOX Sports Net. The Jay Leno concert at Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Bridgette Brady, field operations supervisor for WSU Parking and Transportation, said,  “Having two major events on campus is exciting, and we want to get the word out to people to be ready for the parking and traffic challenges.”

To help meet those challenges, parking and transportation officials at the university are working with Pullman Transit, WSU Athletics and Beasley Coliseum officials to offer alternatives to help ease parking and traffic problems.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Use Pullman Transit to get to the game and/or the concert.  Pullman Transit will be providing its usual Saturday service along with extra bus service for the home game and the concert. You may park around the WSU Visitor Center at the Cougar Depot in downtown Pullman and catch the Visitor Center Shuttle at the nearby transfer station.  The shuttle stops at the Bookie, Hollingbery Fieldhouse near Beasley Coliseum and Martin Stadium near Wilson Road.  Visitor Center Shuttle service will begin at 12:30 p.m. and run continuously until midnight. For more information on Dad’s Weekend transit service, visit http://www.wsu.edu/parking/ or call the WSU Visitor Center at (509) 335-8633 or Pullman Transit at (509) 332-6535.

·         Visitors who don’t want to fight traffic in the time between the game and the concert may take advantage of several on-campus dining options. The post-game Cougar Food Fair will be at Hollingbery Field House and the Lair in the Compton Union Building will extend its operating hours to 8:30 p.m. Concessions will also be available at Martin Stadium and Beasley Coliseum.

 “We’re expecting great crowds and a full day of football and entertainment,” said Chris Boyan, outreach coordinator for Parking, Transportation and Visitor Center. “Some advance planning, both by local transportation officials and our guests, should go a long way toward making this work out well for everyone.”