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April 24, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Qwest deal reaction

Not sure if there’s much reason to throw open an entry for reaction to the death of the plan to move the Apple Cup to Qwest Field or not.
Almost all the reaction I go to the original proposal was negative, and so I’m assuming that almost all the reaction now would be happiness that it’s not going to happen.
Here are the details, and the deal essentially broke down over how many tickets each school would get.
The negative reaction to the initial proposal was definitely heard and taken into consideration and I have no doubt that helped spur UW officials to do everything they could to protect their fans by pushing for more tickets.
WSU couldn’t agree to something that might in effect mean it was playing something of an away game every year against the Huskies. So it died there.
As something of a traditionalist when it comes to college football, I didn’t like this from the start so no tears shed here that this died on the vine today.
Obviously, economic times are tough and the schools are having to get as creative as possible to fill the coffers as best they can. But this one just never felt right.
Interestingly, a UW spokesman said today that the idea could be revisited at a later date (though not for “the forseeable future.”). This particular proposal arose largely out of the fact that WSU’s deal with First & Goal to play a game at Qwest every year is running out so the Cougars were exploring new options and this was one of the proposals that came out of those talks.
UW was amenable to it because of the money that was involved and the fact that if the Husky Stadium renovation is approved it would need to play games at Qwest for at least a year, anyway, and this proposal would have covered one of those years.
So depending on if/when the stadium renovation ever gets going, the two teams could be playing at Qwest in a couple of years anyway meaning we may still get a chance to see just what kind of idea this might have been if put into action.

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