PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State Cougars will play host to the No. 2 ranked team in the nation at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 20, when they square-off against the University of Oregon Ducks in front of a sold-out crowd at Martin Stadium.
As always, the weekend is jam-packed with special events for Cougar football enthusiasts of all ages. But those who arrive early for football Saturday will find it’s not the only game in town. As the weekend approaches, Cougar Women’s Volleyball (15-3) will also be taking to the court against three college squads in the Cougar Challenge Tournament, competing on both Thursday and Friday against the University of Idaho (4-6), Portland State University (2-8), and No. 23 Loyola Marymount University (9-0).
Friday events on campus include the opening of the exhibition, Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff, at the WSU Museum of Art. The exhibition features paintings and prints in which the artist addresses sociopolitical issues of Asian America by depicting himself as an aging Asian Everyman in a painting style that combines his interest in comic books, American Pop Art and traditions of Japanese woodblock prints.
Also on tap for Friday is the ever-popular Feast of the Arts – a gourmet dining experience prepared by students of WSU’s School of Hospitality Business Management. One of the hottest tickets in Pullman, the popular dinner series begins at 6 p.m. with a reception at WSU’s Museum of Art and progresses to a four-course gourmet meal featuring Wine by Cougar wines at the Marriott Foundation Hospitality Teaching Center at WSU’s Todd Hall Addition. Online registration for the event is available at http://bit.ly/1pQRtIL.
Also rounding out the evening Friday will be a solo piano performance by Spencer Myer, winner of several international piano competitions, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Bryan Hall Theatre. Myer’s recital performance will include works of Scarlatti, Schumann, Schoenberg, Bolcom and Barber. Tickets to the concert, which go on sale at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance, are $10 for adults, $5 for non-WSU students and seniors. WSU students with ID will be admitted free of charge.
On Saturday, a variety of activities and events will take place throughout the day prior to kickoff. Those include:
- Brelsford WSU Visitor Center Wine Tasting and Open House, 150 E. Spring St., from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
- KickOff at the CUB, in the M.G. Carey Senior Ballroom of the CUB beginning at 2 p.m., features family-fun activities, giveaways, an appearance by the Cougar Marching Band and country-wide football games displayed on large-screen TVs. Two affordable menus are provided by University Catering. Beer and wine service is provided by Southfork Public House.
- Food Fair at the Field House, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Hollingbery Field House, features food and beverages in a tailgating atmosphere. No entrance fee required and food from six local vendors is available for purchase. The WSU Marching Band and cheerleading squad will perform.
- Lewis Alumni Centre Open House, starting at least three hours prior to kickoff, provides a great place for Cougar alumni to meet up with friends before heading to the stadium.
- President’s Reception, starting at 4:30 p.m. in the CUB Junior Ballroom, is a premiere game day reception for President’s Associates and Legacy Associates of WSU that provides a chance to enjoy a delicious buffet and no-host bar with some of WSU’s most loyal supporters. Cost is $25 per adult, $15 per children aged 6-12.
General parking for home football games is available on campus in designated parking areas on the eastern side of campus. General parking permits can be purchased online prior to game day for $15 or at the entrances to the lots on game day for $20. General parking lots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Game Day parking information and a link to a campus general parking map are available online here. For additional information regarding general parking, call WSU Transportation Services, 509-335-PARK (7275).
For the convenience of those who might wish to park off-campus, WSU has teamed up with Pullman Transit to establish Park and Ride locations where fans can park vehicles for free and catch a Cougar-themed Pullman Transit bus for the ride to Martin Stadium. Buses are scheduled to arrive and depart from each location at approximately 15-minute intervals. The Park and Ride lots will be opened three hours prior to each home game.
A map of Park and Ride locations is available at http://bit.ly/ZibJxZ.
Overnight RV parking permits for this weekend’s game have been sold out. Additional RV parking information is available online at http://bit.ly/1tCs3T0.
Fans should also note that Stadium Way will be closed from three hours before kickoff until 1½ hours after the end of the game. Find helpful Gameday Traffic and Travel information at http://bit.ly/1whpyHS.
Robert Strenge, WSU News, 509-335-3583, email@example.com