PULLMAN, Wash. A host of fun-filled activities will greet Cougars of all ages beginning Friday when Washington State University celebrates Family Weekend, Recent Grads Weekend and Future Cougar Day, and the football team readies to take on the Rebels of UNLV in a 2 p.m. matchup Saturday at Martin Stadium.
Pre-game activities on Friday will include a public tour at 3 p.m. of WSU’s four cultural houses: the Talmadge Anderson Heritage House, Casa Latina, Native American Cultural House and Asian Pacific Islander House. The Feast of the Arts, an evening of fine dining, wine, music and art, will be hosted at the WSU Museum of Arts and Todd Hall beginning at 6 p.m.
The evening’s events also include Coug night at the Bell Tower, a live-music event showcasing WSU alumni musicians performing at a two-story concert house located on Spring Street in downtown Pullman.
On both Friday and Saturday will be the CAT Walk, a glowing nighttime tour of art works on and around the Terrell mall, featuring three performance stages, art demonstrations and activities, fire arts performers and a “renegade” marching band.
On Saturday, prospective students get the chance to see what WSU is all about and meet current students and professors during Future Cougars Day. Activities include an academic fair and workshops, a walking tour of campus, a barbeque lunch, and discounted tickets to Saturday’s football game.
Family Weekend begins at 11 a.m. with an array of family-friendly activities on Mooberry track, adjacent to Martin Stadium. A bounce house, obstacle course and slides are some of the fun attractions for kids.
The Cougar men’s and women’s basketball teams will sign autographs, and Coug kids can enjoy face painting, temporary tattoos, hula hoop, hot potato, sightless dodge ball and more. Family-friendly food and beverages, including mini hot dogs, sliders, frozen lemonade, chips and candy will be available for purchase.
Also beginning at 11 a.m. will be Cougar Kickoff at the Compton Union Building. Located in the senior ballroom on the second floor, the event is open to all and features an affordable barbeque, several large TV screens for keeping track of other college football games, an appearance by the Cougar marching band and free giveaways.
A behind-the-scenes tour of the player locker rooms at the WSU Athletic Complex off Stadium Way will begin at 11 a.m. Tour registrants will receive a free weekend pass to the Student Recreation Center.
Discounted membership to the WSU Alumni Association is being offered to recent grads as a part of this special weekend. Immediately following the locker rooms tour, a recent grad tent party will commence on Roger’s Field, which will include all-you-can-eat food and drinks.
Fans can watch the WSU women’s volleyball team (5-2), as they host the Nike Cougar Challenge and take on Manhattan College, San Francisco and Sam Houston State at Bohler Gym. Football fans can get in free on Saturday. A complete tournament schedule and ticket information is available at http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/11-nike-cougar-challenge.html.
The Cougar Prowl will take place at 11:40 a.m., beginning at the Cougar statue, 720 NE Stadium Way, and continuing to Hollingberry Fieldhouse. Bring your friends and family to help form a tunnel for the Cougar football players and coaches as part of this popular game-day tradition.
Cougar Football Saturday at the fieldhouse will include a food fair with a variety of local restaurants, beer, wine and spirits, the marching band, cheerleaders and Butch the Cougar.
There are new places to park at WSU for game day and some new rules for RV’ers. Plus, the City of Pullman is offering free bus service directly to the stadium. Please check the game day parking website for the latest information.
WSU students will be able to purchase a hot dog and bottle of water for $1 at each home game, courtesy of the student ambassador group Coug Guys and Gals.
About 24,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday’s game, leaving about 9,000 available. For ticket information, go online to the Washington State Cougar ticket site, or call 1-800 Go Cougs. No television broadcasts or webcasts of Saturday’s game are available this weekend.
Cougar Athletics urges everyone attending Saturday’s game to remember that, with the anticipated hot weather, dehydration can become an issue for some fans. From water fountains to free cups of water at the South end concession stands, fans will have plenty of opportunity to keep hydrated. They can also bring in their own water, provided it is carried in a personal container smaller than 1 liter in size.
For a complete list of activities, places to eat and stay in Pullman, shopping and suggestions of other things to do while here, check out the WSU Football Weekend website.