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Champions Club in NRG Stadium

8825 Kirby Drive

Houston, TX 77054

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Huddle up, Cougs! Join us on Friday, September 13, for The PreGame - WSU’s official tailgate - before our Cougs take on the Houston Cougars.

This epic Coug fan experience will take place in the beautiful new Champions Club in NRG Stadium which includes rustic industrial décor, lounge furniture, and patio access with seating to eat and drink. Several large-screen, high-definition televisions hang throughout the air conditioned area.

There will be multiple no-host bars serving a variety of mixed drinks, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. True to Texas fashion, several food stations will feature a variety of upscale all-you-can-eat Texas BBQ dining. All-you-can-eat meals will be catered by Champions Club. Butch will be there to take pictures with fans.

Let's cheer on the Cougs together, join us at The PreGame!

To receive member pricing, click the green "REGISTER" button on the top right of this page, then click "Enter Promotional Code" on the top right of the "Register" box. Enter your email with which your WSUAA or CAF membership is associated, click "APPLY CODE." This will allow you to purchase the tickets at the member discounted price (limit 4 discounted tickets per WSUAA or CAF member). Should this not work, please contact the WSUAA Office and we will refund the difference.

Cover Charge & All-you-can-eat BBQ Meal

WSU Alumni Association or Cougar Athletic Fund Member: $79.00
Non-Member: $89.00
Walk-Up: $100.00 (if space is available)
Children 4-10: $25.00
Children 4 & under: FREE

Coug Day of Service: Houston Loaves & Fishes

Volunteer on Friday, September 13 alongside fellow Cougs at Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen in Houston as we aid in their mission of providing "a hot meal and warm welcome" to those in need on the streets of Houston. Space is limited to the first 12 volunteers to register. Please arrive at 9:15 a.m. and wear your Coug gear. Sign up here!

Purchase your Game Day Tickets
Still need to purchase your tickets for the first away game of the season? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Sit with your fellow Cougs by purchasing your tickets here.

Texas Cougs Shirt Orders
Deadline: August 19
Texas Cougs, it's time to stock up on custom Coug gear just in time for the WSU at Houston football game! There are three styles to choose from, each $20! Purchase your gear here!

Meals at the PreGame

Meals at the PreGame will be Catered by Champions Club at NRG Stadium.

Texas Smokehouse Brisket Sliders
Ancho Barbeque Sauce Pickles, Onions, Jalapenos Slider Buns

Grilled Hebrew National Hot Dogs
Diced Onion, Traditional Condiments, Hot Dog Buns

Frito Pie All Beef Texas Chili and Creamy Queso
Sour Cream, Jalapenos, Pico de Gallo Fritos Chips

Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
Panko Bread Crumbs

Signature Chipotle Baked Potato Salad
with Cheddar Cheese, Chives and Bacon Crumbles

Cobb Salad
Ranch Dressing Balsamic Vinaigrette

Assorted Packaged Chips and Popcorn
Assorted Craveworthy Cookies
Sodas and Bottled Water

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there other activities taking place before the game?
Yes, join your fellow Cougs for Coug Day of Service at Loaves & Fishes on Friday, September 13 at 9:00am, or join us the night before, Thursday September 12, for The Cougar Crawl.

What does the cover charge include?
The fee covers venue rental, bartenders, bussers, all-you-can-eat Texas BBQ, chefs and servers, security personnel, table and chair rentals, event supplies, decorations, trash collection, etc.

How do I become a member and receive the member benefit?
To become a member of the WSU Alumni Association, click here or give us a call at 1-800-258-6978. To become a Cougar Athletic Fund member, click here or call 509-335-0220. Why not join both!

Will I be carded at the bar?
Yes! Please don't forget to bring your ID to the stadium to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Does NRG Stadium have a clear-bag policy?
Yes. For more information on their policy, click here.

Where should I park?
Purchase $25 parking passes here PRIOR to game day. Park in the Blue Lot to get to the NRG Stadium Champions Club. NRG Stadium events utilize Gate 9 on the corner of Kirby and Westridge. Type in the address: 8825 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77054 for specific driving directions.

Map of NRG

Walking Directions from Blue Lot to NRG Stadium Champions Club
Walk from blue lot straight towards NRG Stadium entrance (Bud Light Plaza) located on the south side of the stadium. No ticket is needed to enter this section of the stadium. Proceed to the left of the main entrance, there will be WSU Alumni Check-In Table (look for the Cougar Flags). Once you check in and receive your required wristband, make your way through the stadium gates to your left - utilizing your game-day tickets. There will be an elevator through the double doors on your right. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor. WSU PreGame is on the 2nd Floor. There will be an attendant inside the elevator to assist.

Public transportation
The Houston Metro and its METRORail operate various routes near and around NRG Park. The Houston Metro and METRORail are transportation options for NRG Park events and operate various routes near and around the complex. For more information on schedules, parking areas and fares, click here.

Is this a family-friendly event?
Yes, families are welcome!

What types of drinks will be served?
A variety of beverages, both alcoholic (premium spirits, wine, and beer) and non-alcoholic. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase to those 21 years and older with a valid ID.

Do I need cash at the event?
We recommend bringing cash to this event as some no-host bars will be cash only.

May I purchase food at the event?
No, food will be provided with admission to the event.

Will there be Cougar gear available for purchase at the event?
Unfortunately, not at this PreGame. The NRG stadium doesn’t permit outside merchandise. However, The Bookie will be selling Coug gear at the official fan hotel, The Westin Galleria.

Will Butch be at the PreGame?
Yes, you will have the opportunity to mingle with Butch, take a photo, and enjoy a high five or two.

Are AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game tickets needed to attend the PreGame?
Yes! PreGame attendees will have early access to the stadium (one hour before all other fans) and must have a game ticket to enter.

What is the refund policy?
Refunds will be provided for cancellations received 7 days before the date of the particular PreGame. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 6 days before the date of The PreGame. No-shows to a PreGame will not receive a refund.

Who may I contact with additional questions?
WSU Alumni Association

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Houston, TX 77054

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