Will the ‘College GameDay’ party exhaust Fireball and weed supplies at Pullman shops?


The city’s liquor and marijuana distributors tell us they braced for a big weekend.

ESPN’s College GameDay is visiting Pullman, Wash., in Week 8 for a critical Pac-12 North game between Washington State and Oregon.

Wherever GameDay goes, a party is there also. GameDay enhances the party, providing a scene for thousands of undergrads to stand in a field and yell for five or six hours (including the three when the show’s actually going on) well before kickoff.

This is a unique weekend, though.

GameDay had never been to Washington State, a place in the middle of nowhere that’s known for its ability to put on a good time. And Cougs fans have been itching for this chance for years, led by a group of devoted alums who have made sure a Washington State flag has flown behind every GameDay set for the last 15 years. Fans were so excited about the news announced six days prior, they made shirts about it.

All of the ingredients are in place for a complete banger that will test the inventory limits of the Pullman businesses that sell things you can drink or smoke.

“We are all expecting this to be just about the most crazy thing we’ve ever experienced,” Roxanne Trocino, the general manager of popular local bar Valhalla, says.

Almost all sports fans like to drink. Washington State fans like to drink.

There was that time they drank a plane to Vegas dry. There was that time they were shutting down bars in Auburn, Alabama.

I’m not here to judge, and I also don’t care about which magazines or college admission guides rank them among America’s TOP 50 PARTY SCHOOLS or BEST PLACES TO HAVE A ONE-NIGHT STAND. But their school certainly has a reputation for loving cinnamon whiskey Fireball, a legend that’s grown with this iconic moment a few years ago …