Alaska Airlines Field atHusky Stadium
By Luke Severn
ALASKA AIRLINES FIELD AT HUSKY STADIUM
Located just off Montlake Boulevard in the southeastern part of campus, the iconic Husky Stadium went under construction in 2011. The $250 million privately funded renovation, which involved taking out the track and lowering the field, finished in fall 2013 in time for the football season. There is also permanent east end zone 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.
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 Pavilion is a 10,000-seat arena, most popularly used for 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. Additionally, it is open during all varsity athletic events held in Hec Ed.
The original iteration of Husky Ballpark opened in 1998. After a $19 million renovation on the entire baseball facility, the new and improved Husky Ballpark immediately became one of the best college baseball stadiums not just in the West, but in the country. The 2,500-seat ballpark opened March 2014, with new features including a permanent concourse with concessions, bathrooms, new benches and seatbacks, and a team shop.
DEMPSEY INDOOR TRACK
Opened in 2001, this 80,000-square-foot indoor track is home to the UW track and field team and is one of the premier indoor track and field facilities in the country. The facility is highlighted by a permanent 307-meter Mondo track, as well as a full 100-yard FieldTurf infield. Since Jan. 16 of this year, it has hosted nine indoor track and field competitions. Dempsey is also used as a practice field for the Husky football, softball, baseball, and men and women’s soccer teams.
NORDSTROM TENNIS CENTER AND BILL QUILLIAN STADIUM
Sitting right next to Dempsey Indoor is the Nordstrom Tennis Center and Bill Quillian Stadium, the indoor and outdoor facilities used by Husky tennis players. The center was opened in June of 1989 and boasts six indoor courts, while the stadium has seven outdoor courts. The men and women’s tennis teams play singles and doubles in both the winter and spring.
UW’s Recreational Sports Program offers state-of-the-art sports and fitness facilities located near Husky Stadium and Hec Ed Pavilion. With 85 different sports and fitness programs offered, the IMA serves as the recreational hub for UW students, staff, and faculty. This 260,000 square foot facility includes five full-sized multi-use gyms, large weightlifting and cardio rooms, lap pool, locker rooms, rock climbing walls, indoor track, turf fields, tennis courts, squash, handball, and racquetball courts, and even a cafe. The IMA hosts events and classes, and allows students to sign up for sessions with personal trainers. Members can also reserve courts and fields.
The Gear Garage, located at the WAC, is stocked with all types of equipment for outdoor recreation to outfit students’ next adventure. UWild Adventures, the new outdoor program on campus, is new this year.
The Department of Recreational Sports Programs manages the IMA, along with the Waterfront Activity Center (WAC) and the Golf Driving Range, and caters to a wide variety of students’ health and wellness interests.