Phase III of Martin Stadium Renovation Launched

Sept. 22, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced Tuesday (Sept. 22) the public launch of the third phase of the Martin Stadium Renovation project.

'Today marks an exciting and historic day in Cougar Athletics as we unveil Phase III of the renovation of Martin Stadium,' Sterk said.

Originally budgeted at approximately $40 million, Phase III involves the construction of luxury suites, loge boxes, and club seats atop the north stands. It follows the completion of Phases I and II, which included the addition of concession and restroom areas throughout the stadium, a concourse at the stadium's north side, many new comfort and safety enhancements, a Martin Stadium sign at the east end, a state-of-the-art scoreboard, and the Cougar Pride statue at the newly created plaza area on the stadium's northeast side. Phases I and II began in December 2006 and were completed in the fall of 2008.

'The significance of completing the initial phases of the renovation cannot be overstated; however, our goal at Washington State University is to make the complete renovation of Martin Stadium, and we are ready to move on to the next phase of doing just that,' Sterk said.

'We had originally intended to do this a year ago; however, the state of the economy prevented us from moving forward at that time,' Sterk added. 'While the economy forced us to postpone the project last year, it now offers us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the potential to take advantage of favorable construction costs and other economic factors which could provide additional support for the project.'

The motto of the renovation project is TeamBuilt, a slogan that Sterk says communicates the importance of the involvement of all Cougar fans in this project.

'With the initial phases we have received the support from many generous and dedicated Cougars, and I greatly appreciate it,' Sterk said. 'We need the support of each and every member of Cougar Nation to make Phase III a reality, and I am inviting all Cougars to be a member of the team. That is what TeamBuilt is all about.

'People can be a part of the team in many ways,' Sterk added. 'They can purchase premium seating, renew their season tickets, or become a season-ticket holder, if they have not previously been one, and make a donation to the renovation project.'

Once 80 percent of premium seats have been committed, the construction of Phase III will begin. Phase III will be completed by the 2012 football season. However, if premium seat sales and fundraising benchmarks are met earlier, construction can begin sooner, and Phase III could be completed in time for the 2011 season.

More information on the renovation of Martin Stadium can be found by visiting the official stadium renovation website They're Saying About Phase III...

'Without doubt, the Pac-10 is the premier athletic conference in the country. Likewise, the quality of the teaching, research, and service provided by conference institutions is unsurpassed anywhere in the nation. We are very proud of our commitment to the high standards of the Pac-10 in all of the activities in which we engage. The stadium renovation is critical to strengthening the ties among members of the Cougar family as the University rededicates itself to meeting the priorities of the 21st century. The renovations and upgrades to the stadium will provide a more comfortable and functional space for fans and visitors, enhancing their game-day experience. In addition, a renovated stadium will reinvigorate our ability to recruit top student-athletes and coaches, strengthening our ability to compete in the Pac-10 and enhancing our overall institutional reputation. I am delighted with the generosity so many individuals have demonstrated already in support of this important project.'

Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D.President, Washington State University

'Washington State is the ultimate college campus, and Martin Stadium is a special venue. So few universities have their football stadiums literally sitting in the middle of campus; we have that here at WSU. The family atmosphere, along with the togetherness of a campus and community, is as strong as I can imagine anywhere in the United States. The stadium renovation plays a critical role in our recruiting efforts. To be able to show the positive atmosphere the renovated stadium will create, the excitement it will generate among fans and WSU student-athletes, and the home-field advantage it will provide will dramatically enhance our ability to recruit top-tier talent.'

Paul WulffHead Football Coach, Washington State University

'The renovation means everything to our athletics department; not just the football program. I'm talking about the entire athletics department; I'm talking about all of WSU. This helps us stay competitive with the rest of the Pac-10 and the nation. With our recruiting, it means everything. I cannot emphasize to the Cougar Nation enough: we all need to step up and support this project because it helps everybody.'

Jack ThompsonQuarterback, Washington State, 1975-78WSU Athletics Hall of Fame member

'I think it is a unique opportunity for the Cougar Nation to make the time in Pullman really special. What makes being a Cougar special is epitomized in attending a football game and being part of that experience. I wholeheartedly endorse and feel strongly we need to maximize that experience through the renovation of the stadium. We have few venues that bring such large numbers of people back to Pullman. What better way than to make our stadium a positive environment for our fans, students, players, future players, alumni, faculty, and staff to enjoy a fall day at a football game. We have just so many opportunities to make an investment in our lives and what better way as a Cougar than to invest in something that will really enhance the special experience of being in the Palouse.'

Rueben MayesRunning Back, Washington State, 1982-85Member of WSU Athletics Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame

'The renovation of the stadium is outstanding. It will do so much to help the whole athletics program. When we renovate our stadium and bring it up to par with other schools in the conference, recruiting becomes easier. It helps with the overall recruiting program which leads to greater success on the field.'

Rod RetherfordDefensive Back, Washington State, 1981-82Author of ROD: A True Story

'Jim Sterk is doing an outstanding job leading the athletics department at Washington State University during a very challenging time in intercollegiate athletics throughout the entire country. College athletics is going through tremendous change because of finances, the facility wars, and the monies available that different departments have for coaching staffs. This project is extremely important to WSU and those people who really care about Cougar athletics. It will assist in generating the additional resources necessary to help WSU tackle the great challenges ahead. I encourage Cougar fans and sports fans everywhere to get behind this project and make it a success so that the Cougar athletics program will continue to flourish and be a consistent contender in the Pac-10 Conference.'

Sam JankovichWashington State Athletics Director 1976-83WSU Athletics Hall of Fame member

'When you get to Washington State, you know you are there, there's a spirit. WSU needs quality facilities. Good facilities make pride jump. Now is the time to improve what you know will make you better. There is no such thing as 'let's wait.' The more you wait and put things off that are necessary, the more you delay success. If you want success, get involved.'

Jim WaldenWSU Head Coach 1978-86WSU Athletics Hall of Fame member

'There is tremendous momentum after Phases I and II. The people have seen how great it can be now with the new concessions, restrooms, score board, and video screens all around. They are saying, `Wow, this is really important.' Now they are saying, `We can be even better.' This next phase can take us to that next level. I think this is a great time to do it. Everyone who puts on a Cougar T-shirt, or Cougar-logo polo, or anything that has Cougar on it, ought to ask yourself, `Have I given back?''

Glenn JohnsonMartin Stadium 'Voice of the Cougars'Mayor of Pullman

'The renovation will enhance recruiting and enhance our play on the field. This provides us with a unique opportunity to improve our facilities, not only to benefit football student-athletes but all WSU student-athletes. In battling for recruits, we need to keep our facilities fresh. Other schools have an advantage over us with the facilities they have, and we need to keep pace. If we keep our facilities up and continue the process that we started 8 to 10 years ago, we can get back to where we want to be. We, as supporters, need to fill the stadium and make it a tough place for visiting teams to play. Martin Stadium is one of the tougher places to play now. Imagine what it will be like when we renovate the stadium and get all Cougars to fill it.'

Mark RypienQuarterback, Washington State, 1983-85WSU Athletics Hall of Fame member

'This is great news, and I am excited for all Cougar fans. A first-class stadium in the Pac-10 is critical to the success of the program in regards to recruiting and moving it back to its rightful place of being a consistent competitor in the Pac-10 Conference. I know from my experience at the University of Oregon, when we expanded and renovated our stadium, it made a big difference in the quality of student-athletes we were able to recruit as well as the comfort and excitement of our fan base. I have every reason to believe that will be the case at Washington State as well.'

Bill MoosWSU Alumni Achievement Award winner and former Cougar football starUniversity of Oregon Athletics Director 1995-2007
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