WSU fined $25,000 for storming field

Cougars took down Oregon on Oct. 20, leading to a field rush



Fans rush the field after the WSU victory over Oregon on Oct. 20 in Martin Stadium.

JOHN SPELLMAN, Evergreen reporter

WSU has been fined $25,000 as a result of fans rushing the field after the game against University of Oregon on Oct. 20, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura.

The Cougars were fined for storming the field due to a Pac-12 policy implemented in 2016 that prohibits fans from rushing the field or court. Universities are charged $25,000 for a first storming offense, $50,000 for a second offense and $100,000 for a third offense.

This is not the first time WSU has been fined after fans stormed the field at Martin Stadium. Last year, WSU was also fined $25,000 after fans rushed the field following a 30-27 upset victory over University of Southern California.

Fans stormed the field after the Cougars’ triple-overtime victory over Boise State University last year as well, but the university was not fined due to a portion of the policy that gives Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott the opportunity to waive the fine under certain circumstances, Dave Hirsch, vice president of communications for the Pac-12, told the Evergreen last September.

“In the event field rushing activities occur within 60 seconds after completion of a game, a fine shall be assessed,” Hirsch said. “If the visiting team, staff members, working personnel and game officials safely exit from the field during the 60-second time period, the commissioner may waive the fine.”

The policy also requires every university in the conference to establish a plan to prevent fans from storming the field, according to ESPN.

The storming of the field was the culmination of an exciting day in Pullman after College GameDay made its first trip to Pullman. After that, the Cougars defeated the then-No. 12 Ducks, which led to fans storming the field once the game ended.

The Cougars will be back home 7:45 p.m. Saturday to take on University of California, Berkeley.