Washington State University canceled classes Thursday afternoon and made morning classes optional in advance of a 7:30 p.m. football game against Arizona State University.
WSU President Elson Floyd announced the decision to cancel classes in May, calling the game “a rare opportunity” to showcase the Pullman campus. The game is being televised nationally by ESPN.
“It is also the first time since 2005 that WSU has played a Thursday home football game, so it presents some special challenges,” Floyd wrote in his campus-wide memo in May.
WSU’s Martin Stadium is in the middle of the Pullman campus, and has no designated parking of its own, said Kathy Barnard, executive director of university communications. “There are thousands of students, thousands of faculty and staff, and thousands of fans trying to share finite space,” she said by email. If classes weren’t canceled, all of those audiences would be vying for those parking spaces, she said.
Barnard said the decision was made after consultation with senior leadership, the deans, faculty leadership and the faculty at large.