PULLMAN It’s Homecoming weekend and Cougar alums and friends are invited to take part in a host of festivities as the Washington State University football team hosts the nationally ranked Stanford Cardinal in a Pac-12 Conference matchup beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Martin Stadium.
The celebration will kick into high gear on Friday with a series of fun-filled afternoon events leading up to the traditional rally and bonfire on Flag Lane and culminating with a serpentine march that will follow the WSU Marching Band to the Glenn Terrell Mall for an evening of live music complete with Cougar celebrities, good food and a beer garden.
On Saturday morning the much anticipated WSU Cougar-themed Pullman Transit bus design will be unveiled at a ceremony at the Cougar Pride statue at 720 NE Stadium Way. The project features a full top-to-bottom Cougar motif design that has been a closely held secret. The ceremony will feature appearances by Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson, WSU President Elson S. Floyd, and the WSU Marching Band.
Also beginning at the Cougar Statue on Saturday will be the Cougar Prowl at 2:15 p.m., when alums and fans form a tunnel to cheer on arriving Cougar football players and coaches as they make their way to the Hollingbery Fieldhouse. As always, Cougar Football Saturday at the fieldhouse will include a food fair featuring fare from a variety of local restaurants, beer, wine and spirits, the marching band, cheerleaders and Butch the Cougar.
Saturday’s events also include Kickoff at the Compton Union, open to all football fans beginning at 1:30 p.m. and continuing until game time. Located in the CUB ballroom, the event features a great balcony view, affordable BBQ, several large screens for watching multiple football games, face decorating for kids, giveaway items and beverages for all ages.
About 27,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday’s game, leaving about 6,000 available. For ticket information, go online to the Washington State Cougar ticket site, or call 1-800 Go Cougs.
Visitors are encouraged to check out information on game day parking and free Pullman Transit routes at http://www.parking.wsu.edu/Gameday2.
For a complete list of Homecoming festivities and events, go to http://football-weekends.wsu.edu/public/index.castle.
A copy of an official proclamation by Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire declaring Saturday, Oct. 15, to be Washington State University Homecoming Day is available online here.