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Cougar Football Project greets fans for the first time

On Sept. 8, 2012, the Cougar Football Project finally hosted its first game -- the debut of the Mike Leach era against Eastern Washington. We made ourselves at home, wandered around and took some pictures. Even if you're not a high roller, you can see in these photos how the other half lives!

The Cougar Football Project is an addition to Martin Stadium that cost upwards of $80 million to construct. It features three levels: Club/loge seating (second floor), suites (third floor) and coaches/working press areas (fourth floor). This gallery takes you on a tour of all three levels, documenting both the views and the branding that make it such a spectacular structure.

The purpose of the CFP?

"I feel strongly that we are at a time in Cougar Athletics where we can truly make a statement and show that we can and will be competitive in the Pac-12 conference," Athletics Director Bill Moos said when the project was approved by the Board of Regents. "The addition of suites, loge boxes and club seating, along with a new press box, provides our Cougar fans amenities deserving of a Pac-12 institution.

"Furthermore, it allows for new revenue streams which I believe are necessary to reinvest in scholarships and additional facility enhancement projects which are essential to attract top talent to our campus."

A football operations building will be the next phase in the Cougar Football Project.