Never mind on that supposed Apple Cup-to-Qwest Field proceeding. The deal is officially dead.
A week ago, it seemed like a mere formality that the University of Washington and Washington State would wrap up discussions about signing a six-year agreement with First & Goal about moving the annual Apple Cup to Qwest Field in an effort to stimulate more money for both schools' athletic departments.
But the two sides couldn't work out what the ticket allotment for the rivalry game would be.
According to the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, each school had initially agreed on a split down the middle – 31,000 seats. But because of the growing request for season tickets by Husky fans for coach Steve Sarkisian's first campaign as coach, the UW requested more.
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A compromise could not be worked out – after which WSU athletic director Jim Sterk released a statement Friday saying the school's administration has "decided not to pursue further conversations about moving the Apple Cup to Qwest Field.
"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 will get UW reaction today after practice.