Remember a few months ago when we began exploring how to best utilize Qwest Field as a revenue tool for the Washington State football team? Well, we're on our way, with today's announcement that the 2011 game between Oregon State and Washington State will be played at Qwest Field.
Vince Grippi had the news on his blog.
Now fast forward to Bill Moos' takeover of the department. He made it clear from the beginning he would like to see a higher profile game in Seattle, and he set his sights on Oregon State and Oregon. Well, he's got Oregon State for 2011. Other than that, until the Pac-10 figures out its schedules and it's possible to see if the field is available, the Cougars and the Oregon schools will have to wait and see.
So, WSU and OSU will take next year's game, a home game for the Cougs, to Qwest. The future beyond that, however, is still up in the air.
Ideally, Washington State would like Oregon State to reciprocate, moving its home game to Qwest in 2012. See below.
UPDATE from Vince (same link as above):
UPDATE: Just wanted to make this clear. WSU will be hosting the games at Qwest and is hopeful of hosting Oregon at the facility in 2012
The UNLV game originially scheduled for Seattle will now move to Pullman, giving us another game at Martin Stadium and closing the ridiculous six week gap between games in Pullman -- though not by a ton. The Qwest game should be a sellout, or close to it, giving WSU a nice bump in revenue, as well.
Revised schedule after the jump.
|Sept. 3||Idaho State||HOME||Pullman|
|Sept. 17||San Diego State||AWAY||San Diego|
|Oct. 8||UCLA||AWAY||Los Angeles|
|Oct. 22||Oregon State||HOME||Seattle (Qwest Field)|
|Nov. 5||California||AWAY||San Francisco (AT&T Park)|
|Nov. 12||Arizona State||HOME||Pullman|
|Nov. 26||Washington||AWAY||Seattle (Qwest Field)|