About Husky Stadium
No, it’s not a place to find big boys in bigger britches – Husky Stadium, located right on Union Bay in Seattle, is one of the most well-known college football venues in the United States. Home to the Washington Huskies, the Pac-12 team based at the University of Washington, this historic 70,000-seat open-air stadium might technically be known as Alaska Airlines Field thanks to a naming rights deal, but nobody – and we mean nobody – calls it that.
History of Husky Stadium
Husky Stadium can trace its roots back nearly a century, having first opened its doors in 1920 as part of a new 30,000-seat football venue for the University of Washington. It replaced an even more ancient site, Denny Field, which had been the home turf of the university’s football team since 1895. The football stadium has evolved over the decades, keeping up with new technologies and expanding its seating capacity to the gorgeous outdoor venue it is today.
What’s So Special About Husky Stadium Events?
There’s a lot to like about Husky Stadium besides just its storied history. It has a reputation of being the loudest venue in college football for instance, with one measurement exceeding the louder-than-a-jet-engine threshold of 133.3 decibels. Better bring your earplugs!
As if that wasn’t enough, Husky Stadium is one of the very few venues that you can approach by boat thanks to its location right on the water. In fact, Lake Washington often has upwards of 12,000 folks “sailgating” on game days. Bet you can’t do that at your college football stadium!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Husky Stadium located?
Husky Stadium is nestled high above Union Bay on Lake Washington, on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
What kind of events does Husky Stadium host?
Known for starting ‘the audience wave,’ Husky Stadium events are primarily college football. However, the venue has been known to host other events like the university’s annual commencement, and in the past, professional football.
Which team is playing at Husky Stadium?
The football stadium has been the home of the Washington Huskies of the Pac-12 Conference (NCAA Division I) since 1920, hosting its football games.
Where can I park for free at Husky Stadium?
Due to its location, traffic can be a real mess on game days. Street parking around the stadium is zoned, meaning parking lots are your only option. Single-game parking is available in various lots around the stadium, for $30. If you don’t mind the extra transportation, you can find cheaper parking in other areas of the city, and then hop on the light rail or bus to the stadium.
What is the seating capacity of Husky Stadium?
As of 2013, Husky Stadium sporting events can seat over 70,000 fans, making it the largest stadium, college or professional, in the Pacific Northwest.
Who owns Husky Stadium?
The stadium is owned by the University of Washington.
How do I get to Husky Stadium using public transport?
Fans headed to Husky Stadium events can walk, bike, boat, and also ride Seattle's light rail to the game - thereby, saving you from finding parking. Sp, atch the Link light rail to the university station, or several bus routes which will drop you off just a short walk away.