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Martin Stadium
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Saturday, 06 February 2010 17:22

Martin Stadium

football Stadium of the Washington State University Cougars

 

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Martin Stadium is an outdoor athletic stadium External link in Pullman External link, Washington External link, on the campus of Washington State University External link. Primarily used for college football External link, it is the home field of the Washington State Cougars External link of the Pacific-10 Conference External link. The FieldTurf External link playing field runs an unorthodox east-west, at an elevation External link of 2520 feet (768 m) above sea level External link.[1] External link

The stadium is named after Clarence D. Martin External link, the governor External link of the state of Washington External link from 1933-41, and a former mayor of Cheney External link. Ironically, Martin was a 1906 graduate of the University of Washington External link in Seattle External link, WSU's in-state rival.

Martin Stadium opened on September 30, 1972 External link, with a disappointing loss to Utah External link.[2] External link Two and a half years had passed since its predecessor, the wooden Rogers Field External link, was significantly damaged by fire, a suspected case of arson External link. The WSU Cougars played all of their home games at Joe Albi Stadium External link in Spokane External link in 1970 External link and 1971 External link.

As of 2006 External link, the stadium has a seating capacity External link of 35,117. Since the renovation of Reser Stadium External link at Oregon State External link, Martin Stadium has fallen to last in seating capacity External link among Pac-10 External link football stadiums. The current attendance record was set on November 15, 1997 External link, when WSU beat Stanford External link in front of 40,306 fans (The '97 Cougar team won the Apple Cup External link in Seattle the following week to win the Pac-10 External link, and played in the Rose Bowl External link for the first time in 67 years). Despite the relatively small size of Martin Stadium, it has one of the highest ratios of seating capacity External link to population base; almost 1.6 seats per every citizen in the city of Pullman External link, and a seat for everyone in Whitman County External link.

Martin Stadium was the first college football External link stadium to expand (in 1979) by removing its 400 meter running track and lowering the playing field, by 16 feet (5 m). This modification added over 12,000 new seats that were closer to the field (and the opponent's bench). The first game following the renovation was played in October 1979 External link, a victory over the UCLA Bruins External link. Following a 10-3 season and an undefeated home campaign in 2003 External link, Martin Stadium was ranked by Sports Illustrated External link as one of the toughest stadiums for visiting teams in college football External link.[citation needed External link]

The current playing surface is FieldTurf External link, installed in 2000 External link, preceded by the sand External link-filled Omni-turf, installed in 1990 External link. The original playing surface at Martin Stadium in 1972 External link was AstroTurf External link, replaced by SuperTurf in 1979 External link.[3] External link The playing surface at Rogers Field External link was natural grass.

The public address announcer at Martin Stadium is WSU professor Glenn Johnson, who is also the mayor of Pullman. Johnson is known for his first-down call of "...and that's ANOTHER...", to which the crowd responds by chanting "...COUGAR FIRST DOWN!" in unison along with Johnson.

Wikipedia contributors. "Martin Stadium." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 6 Jan. 2010. Web. 7 Feb. 2010.

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