About Gesa Field
With a capacity of nearly 40,000, Washington State University’s Martin Stadium is one of the largest collegiate sports venues in the Pacific Northwest. Located at the university’s Pullman campus, far from the hustle and bustle of Seattle, it’s nevertheless been a mainstay in NCAA sports since the 1970s and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
The History of Martin Stadium
Martin Stadium first opened its doors in 1972, taking its name from Clarence Daniel Martin, a former governor, and Washington State alumni. This open-air stadium only held a bit over 22,000 at first, but its capacity has slowly grown over the decades to keep up with demand. It’s gone through countless renovations to modernize the field, making it a thoroughly up-to-date venue for college football and making it hard to believe that the field is actually older than your dad.
What Makes Martin Stadium Events So Special?
Martin Stadium sports events are electrifying. With the stadium being the smallest in the PAC-12 it’s almost always at capacity for just about every game, considering that it’s got the best local seat ratio as well: 1.1 seats for every resident of Pullman. With its unusual east-west orientation and with a reputation for being nearly impossible for visiting teams to deal with, Martin Stadium has helped give the Cougars an amazing record, including an undefeated home season in 2003 that saw Sports Illustrated crown it as one of the best home-field advantage venues in college sports. What’s that mean for the average Cougars fan? Catch a home game and you’ll have plenty to celebrate!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Martin Stadium located?
Martin Stadium is located in Pullman, Washington on the Washington State University campus.
What kind of events does Martin Stadium host?
Martin stadium events don’t need much introduction. The top-notch football games that take place at this stadium, make it one of the best places to see live sports. Football aside, though, the stadium has other miscellaneous uses as well, but the big show has always been the Cougars and it always will, especially in Pullman.
Which team is playing at Martin Stadium?
Martin Stadium has hosted the Washington State Cougars, the university’s PAC-12 NCAA football team, since its inception in 1972.
Where can I park for free at Martin Stadium?
There are official parking lots available for Martin Stadium event attendees. However, parking is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, we recommend you arrive extra early. Parking costs $20 for football games. If you’re looking for cheaper parking, there are other public parking lots in the vicinity of the stadium. Rates vary according to lot and distance, so be sure to check in advance.
What is the seating capacity of Martin Stadium?
As of 2014, the seating capacity at Martin Stadium events is 32,952.
Who owns Martin Stadium?
Martin Stadium is owned by the Washington State University.
How do I get to Martin Stadium using public transport?
Fans wishing to avoid the hassle of finding parking can turn to the University’s trusty transit. The Pullman Transit operates all seven days of the week during the academic year, all you need is your transit card. Martin Stadium event attendees that don’t have a transit card, have various bus routes or park and ride options at their disposal.