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Phase one of The Cougar Football Project was on display Friday when Athletic Director Bill Moos gave a handful of media members a tour of the new stadium facility.
The $80 million project, which has transformed Martin Stadium from a glorified high school field into a legitimate college facility, includes about 1,900 premium seats in the form of 21 luxury suites, 42 loge boxes and 1,300 club seats.
Moos said he traveled on a nation-wide tour to draw ideas for the project from some of the top facilities in the country, including Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, LSU and Nebraska. He then incorporated the best assets of each facility into his own state-of-the-art design.
WSU's rich football tradition fills the halls of the facility. The walls are adorned with massive collages of moments in WSU football history and have photos of former players including Jason Gesser, Jerome Harrison and even Moos himself.
At the club-level of the facility, the fight song is inscribed on the wall behind the bar, which will eventually host the names of every letterman winner in WSU football history.
Even Moos’ athletic director suite will have a special Cougar touch as he plans to have a replica of every WSU helmet worn since 1949 placed above the TV’s.
From the box seats, views of the Palouse and WSU campus are abundantly clear, making it an ideal venue for watching football while embracing the stadium's surroundings.
The construction of the project has taken a little under nine months and will be ready for the Cougars first home game against Eastern Washington University.
“We are approaching a very special time in Cougar football,” Moos said.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 8 a.m. Sept. 8.