WSU’s Martin Stadium Will Be Home Football Field for UI Vandals

PULLMAN, Wash. — University of Idaho and Washington State University officials will
sign a contract Monday, June 21, making WSU’s Martin Stadium home field for the Idaho
Vandals football team as well as the WSU Cougars. A contract signing ceremony begins at 10
a.m. at the stadium.
UI and WSU presidents Robert Hoover and Samuel Smith, athletic directors Mike Bohn and
Rick Dickson, and football coaches Chris Tormey and Mike Price will attend the signing.
The school’s mascots, Idaho’s Joe Vandal and WSU’s Butch the Cougar, are also expected to
witness the event.
In November 1997, the two universities — located eight miles apart — began negotiations for
the Vandals to play their home football games on the WSU campus. An agreement and the terms
of a contract have now been completed.
Martin Stadium’s 37,600 seating capacity allows Idaho to meet the NCAA’s minimum stadium
seating requirement of 30,000 for full Division I-A membership. Idaho is currently not a full I-A
member because its home stadium, the Kibbie Dome, seats only 16,000.
The agreement creates an odd turnabout. Idaho’s first home game at Martin Stadium will be
Sept. 18 when the Vandals host the WSU Cougars.
The Vandals are slated for four home games at Martin Stadium. The Cougars will play six
official home games plus Idaho on the WSU campus.
On Oct. 9 Martin Stadium will be the site of a doubleheader, with WSU playing host to
Southwestern Louisiana at 1:00 p.m. and the Vandals hosting North Texas immediately following
the Cougar game.
The combined Martin Stadium schedule includes:
Sept. 04 WSU vs. Utah
Sept. 18 Idaho vs. WSU
Sept. 25 WSU vs. Arizona
Oct. 02 WSU vs. California
Oct. 09 WSU vs. Southwestern Louisiana
Idaho vs. North Texas
Oct. 23 Idaho vs. Utah State
Oct. 30 WSU vs. Oregon State
Nov. 13 WSU vs. USC
Nov. 20 Idaho vs. Boise State