It's no secret that ticket sales for this Thursday's opener against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Seattle have been less than impressive. As of just yesterday, barely a third of the available seats in CenturyLink Field had been sold. Over the last few days, athletics director Bill Moos has said there will be no more Cougar home games in the Emerald City.
So in this last edition of the Seattle game, what would make Bill Moos happy? Less than half the stadium being full.
For Thursday’s game against Rutgers, WSU AD Bill Moos said, based on current sales numbers, he would be happy with 30k in the seats.— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) August 26, 2014
Being happy with what could be described as a cavernous environment for your "home" opener against a team you really need to and should beat isn't a fantastic look. Does it get any better? Of course not!
Moos said WSU wanted to play the game on Saturday, but Rutgers would only agree to the series if it was a weekday game.— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) August 26, 2014
You could correctly point out that WSU's hands were tied in this situation with both the Mariners and Sounders being at home this coming weekend, leaving only one day available for them to play. I could also correctly point out that, apparently, this wasn't WSU's first choice but they went ahead and gave in anyway.
@GeoffONeil To clarify, WSU wanted it in Pullman on Saturday.— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) August 26, 2014
Basically, WSU wanted Rutgers to come to Pullman and when they said no, Washington State agreed to have the game in Seattle and on a weeknight when they'll see about 37,000 people dressed up as empty seats.
We've been big-timed by Rutgers and Gonzaga in the last four months. What a time to be alive.