Martin Stadium is an outdoor athletic stadium in the northwest United States, on the campus of Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. It is the field of the Washington State Cougars of the Pac-12 Conference. Martin Stadium has used artificial turf since its inception in 1972, the stadium is named after Clarence D. Martin, the governor of the state of Washington, a former mayor of Cheney and graduate of the University of Washington. His son, Dan, made a $250,000 donation to the project in January 1972 under the stipulation that the stadium be named after his father, additional gifts were continued by Dans widow, Charlotte Martin. Martin Stadium opened 45 years ago in 1972 on September 30, with a disappointing 19-point loss to Utah, then a member of the WAC, with 20,600 in attendance. Two and a years had passed since the south grandstand and press box of its predecessor, the wooden Rogers Field, was significantly damaged by fire. The WSU Cougars played all of their games at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane in 1970 and 1971. In its first season in 1972, only the south grandstand, press box, lights, and artificial turf were new, the remaining sections from Rogers were replaced later. The seating capacity in 1972 was 22,600, the north stands were demolished after the 1974 season. The east end zone seats from Rogers were finally replaced in 1999, the stadium has an unorthodox east-west alignment, north-south is conventional. After renovations in 2003, seating capacity was reduced to 35,117, since the expansion of Reser Stadium at Oregon State in 2005, Martin Stadium fell to last in football seating capacity in the Pac-10, and is last in the Pac-12. The current attendance record was set during the year of 1997. Following a 10–3 season and a home campaign in 2003. Martin Stadium was among the first college football stadiums to expand by removing its 440-yard running track and lowering the playing field and this modification in 1979 added over 12,000 new seats, most of which were closer to the field. The first game following the renovation was played in mid-October, a 17–14 victory over UCLA under sunny skies, the Mooberry Track was constructed north of the stadium, then the site of the old Bailey baseball field, with home plate at the northwest corner. Baseball was relocated northeast, toward the golf course, to Bailey–Brayton Field, the plan was for the track was to occupy that space. Phases I and II commenced at the end of the 2006 football season, the project focused on improving the public areas in and around the stadium. A new concourse was built along the stands and new concessions
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West End-Zone Project under construction in August 2013
West End-Zone Project nearing completion in May 2014
View from southwest corner in 2008, between the 2006 and 2012 renovations.