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Wash. State will not play Apple Cup games in Seattle

Washington State University Director of Athletics Jim Sterk Washington State University Director of Athletics Jim Sterk
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SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State will not play Apple Cup football games at Qwest Field in Seattle. WSU Athletic Director Jim Sterk issued a release Friday stating that at no time was the deal finalized and that following through with the move would not be in the best interest of fans, among others.


Washington State University Director of Athletics Jim Sterk released the following statement Friday:

President Floyd and I have decided not to pursue further conversations about moving the Apple Cup to Qwest Field," said Sterk. "I want to reiterate that at no time did we have a finalized agreement. It became evident an understanding on ways to maintain the neutral-site atmosphere in regards to ticket allotment could not be reached; therefore, our student-athletes and Cougar fans would not be best served without this key component. I was not going to continue following a path that was not in the best interest of WSU Athletics, the university and our fans."

"What made this possible agreement attractive were the additional number of tickets available to our fans, the financial gain seen by the athletic department, and the tremendous exposure created by playing a game of this magnitude at one of the premier sporting venues in the country. However, the final details could not be ironed out.

"We appreciate the relationship we have with First & Goal and will work with them to maintain WSU football's presence at Qwest Field."



The University of Washington has already sold aroun 38,000 season tickets for this fall and exepects to come close to last year's 43,500, according to The Spokesman-Review.

The deal called for WSU, UW and First & Goal, which runs 67,000 seat Qwest Field, to stage the Apple Cup in the Seattle facility each year. In exchange for the six-year deal, each school was to receive more than $10 million above what the game would have generated in the same time period.

The Spokesman-Review says when news broke that the schools were in the process of putting this deal together, both WSU and Washington message boards exploded with outrage over the possibility of moving the rivalry game from home sites.

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