By Bill Stevens, WSU Athletics

football-90pPULLMAN, Wash. – Free football tickets are available from Washington State University Athletics to firefighters, relief workers and families affected by recent wildfires and to others who donate food, water or cash to assist fire-damaged communities.

“Cougar Athletics would like to have those affected by the wildfires as our guests Saturday,” said WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos. “Communities around the Northwest have supported WSU Athletics through the years, and we would like to offer some relief by inviting them to enjoy a Cougar football Saturday.”

Families, firefighters and relief workers from fire-affected communities may contact the WSU ticket office at 1-800-GO-COUGS to make arrangements for tickets to the 2015 football season opener against Portland State University at 11 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 5.

An end zone ticket to the game will be given to anyone who brings three food items or a case of bottled water to the ticket office Saturday. Donations will go to Second Harvest of Spokane, Wash., to be sent to local communities affected by fires.

Items can include peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned meats like tuna and chicken, hearty soups and stews, whole grain cereals and healthy granola bars and crackers.

Additionally, the Cougars have partnered with KXLY News (TV and online) in Spokane to provide 200 tickets for people who make cash donations to the Red Cross 5-9 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Spokane Federal Credit Union, 601 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane.