The University of Wyoming football team completed another first for the program Sunday when the Mountain West announced that the Cowboys would host the Mountain West Championship game at 5:45 p.m. Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.
Wyoming finished the regular season 8-4 overall and 6-2 in MW Mountain Division play following a 56-35 loss at New Mexico. The Cowboys, Lobos and Boise State all finished tied for the top of the Mountain Division at 6-2, but the Cowboys were the division champions due to a better overall record against all Mountain division teams.
It's the first divisional championship for the program since the 1994 season.
The MW picks the host of its championship game by who is ranked highest in the lastest College Football Playoff rankings. If neither team is ranked, the conference uses four other computer polls to help determine the host. Wyoming was ahead of San Diego State in all four computer rankings prior to Saturday's games.
Wyoming and San Diego State played on Nov. 19 in Laramie, with the Cowboys coming away with a dramatic 34-33 victory.
The winner of Saturday's championship will likely earn a spot in the Las Vegas Bowl at 1:30 p.m. MST on Dec. 17 in Las Vegas. All bowl game announcements will be made next Sunday.
Tickets will go on sale today (Sunday) at noon online at GoWyo.com/tickets, in person at the WYO Athletics Ticket Office (open Noon-6 p.m. today) or by calling 307-766-7220. Fans are strongly encouraged to buy online or in person to avoid long waits by phone. Fans who purchase online are also encouraged to print their tickets at home to avoid long lines at the will call windows on Saturday.
Season-ticket holders may claim their regular-season seats starting today at Noon, through Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. To do so, season-ticket holders should log in to their account at GoWyo.com/tickets (once logged in, click the “Postseason Applications” button). Season-ticket holders may also stop by the ticket office or call, but are encouraged to buy online to avoid long lines and waiting on the phone. Any unclaimed tickets held for season-ticket holders will be made available to the public on Wednesday morning.
Tickets are available at prices ranging from $21 to $38 for adults, while youth tickets may be purchased for only $17. Wildcatter Suites & Club ticket holders have already been contacted by the Cowboy Joe Club regarding ticket opportunities.
Traditionally, UW students have paid for postseason tickets for events held in Laramie. However, in appreciation for UW students’ great support during the season, and in consultation with the Mountain West Conference, Wyoming Athletics will be providing admission at no charge to all full-time (athletic) fee-paying University of Wyoming students. UW students can enter the game on Saturday the same way they would any regular-season event, by using the WYO Wild Bunch app on their mobile phone. Students who have not paid an athletic student fee this semester (required for full-time students, optional for part-time) must purchase a ticket like any other Cowboy fan.
Since the Championship game is operated by the Mountain West Conference, all parking must be purchased, including by Cowboy Joe Club members. Fans are highly encouraged to purchase a parking pass in advance when purchasing their tickets. Cowboy Joe Club members will be able to purchase a parking pass in their regular-season designated lot for $15, but only if they purchase parking by Friday. Non-Cowboy Joe Club members may purchase parking in advance on-line or through the ticket office for the Summit View and Brown Lots for $20. A limited number of parking passes will be sold at lot entrances the day of the game for $20 and are expected to sell out.