By Luke Severn
ALASKA AIRLINES FIELD AT HUSKY STADIUM
Located just off Montlake Boulevard, the iconic Husky Stadium, home of “the wave” and the loudest collegiate stadium in history, went under construction in 2011. The $250 million privately-funded renovations, which involved taking out the track and lowering the field, finished fall 2013 in time for the football season. There is also permanent east endzone seating. Since its inception in 1920, the stadium has been used primarily for Husky football games and the annual commencement ceremony but has hosted a wide variety of sporting and political events, holding up a max capacity of 72,500, making it one of the largest stadiums for college football.
ALASKA AIRLINES ARENA AT HEC EDMUNDSON PAVILION
Built in 1927 and located next to Husky Stadium and the IMA, the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson (Hec Ed) Pavilion is a 10,000 seat arena, most popularly used for the men and women’s basketball games which begin in October. Students and fans can also catch a glimpse of the gymnastics and volleyball teams. The Husky Fever Hall of Fame Room, a multi-room display of Husky memorabilia, is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The room is also open three hours prior to and 90 minutes following the conclusion of any home football game and during all varsity athletic events held in Hec Ed Pavilion. Seattle’s WNBA team, the Seattle Storm, will be temporarily housed here this year due to the renovation of Key Arena in preparation for its incoming hockey team.
The original iteration of Husky Ballpark opened in 1998. After a $19 million renovation of the entire facility in 2014, the new and improved Husky Ballpark immediately became one of the best in college baseball, seating 2,200 fans. The ballpark provides stunning views of Lake Washington, new turf, a new scoreboard, a new performance center, and a press box and area for media in addition to other amenities to promote the true collegiate experience.