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Nov. 19 weeknight football game to impact campus parking

Fans pack Martin Stadium to watch a Cougar football game.
A packed Gesa Field at Martin Stadium in 2018 (Photo by WSU Photo Services)

Washington State University will host a Friday night home football game Nov. 19 that will require students, faculty, and staff who use Pullman campus parking lots to remove their vehicles by 1 p.m. that day. Alternative arrangements will be made available.

It’s the first time since 2017 that WSU has hosted a non-holiday weeknight football game and while the campus will continue to operate as normal it will require modifications to accommodate the crowds of Cougar football fans and others arriving in advance of the expected 6 p.m. kickoff.

Employees who are able to work remotely are encouraged to discuss Nov. 19 options with their supervisors. Human Resource Services has developed a frequently-asked-questions section on its website to help employees and supervisors identify and evaluate other options as well.

For those who must be on campus past 1 p.m., Pullman Transit will be providing shuttle service throughout the day from designated park-and-ride lots, where students and employees can leave their vehicles for no charge. The shuttle service begins at 6:45 a.m. and is free for those who show their Cougar cards.

There will be two Express routes, Crimson and Gray. The frequency of the buses on each express route will be approximately every five minutes, and every few minutes during the morning peak times of 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Riders will be dropped off at Beasley Coliseum and are a short walk from the Compton Union Building and the heart of campus. Riders who want to get closer to their destination in the heart of campus or who need to get across campus, can catch the Campus Loop bus on Stadium Way at the Mooberry Track. The Campus Loop includes stops along Stadium Way, Spokane Street, Campus Street, Thatuna Street, and Cougar Way. 

Exact stop locations also can be viewed on the Pullman Transit Routes and Schedules webpage.

Campus is likely to be less busy than usual that day, particularly in the afternoon, because it’s the Friday before the weeklong Thanksgiving break for students and faculty. But university leaders are still urging students, faculty and staff to plan ahead.

Reminder signs also will be posted at affected parking lots in advance of game day.

The Nov. 19 game against the University of Arizona is expected to kick off at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on the PAC-12 Network. WSU will conclude its 2021 football season the following week in the Apple Cup against the University of Washington.  

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