In addition to being one of the oldest universities on the West Coast, the University of Washington, U-Dub to locals, has prided itself on a high-ranking athletic department and stellar on-campus facilities. Located just north of downtown Seattle on the beautiful shores of Lake Washington, UW is home to 23 collegiate athletic sports programs and are members of the Pac-12 Conference. The Husky football team has won 15 Pac-12 titles, seven Rose Bowls, and two National Championships recognized by the NCAA. Every year, during college football’s rivalry weekend, the UW Huskies play the WSU Cougars in their annual meeting of the Apple Cup, the most anticipated game of the season for these two teams. Emotions, loyalties, and tensions run high in this annual collision of Washington sports! The Huskies lead the Apple Cup series 70-32-6.
Voted one of the most scenic football structures in the nation, Husky Stadium sits on the shoreline of Lake Washington and offers amazing views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountains to the east, and the Olympic Mountain Range to the west. At capacity, the stadium can seat 72,000 fans, the largest in the Pacific Northwest, ranking top-15 in the nation. With 70 percent of the seats between the end zones the stadium is one of the loudest in college football, reaching close to 100 decibels. Tailgating is a huge part of the experience at Husky Stadium. With its location on Lake Washington, it has become a tradition for many to travel by water to the games, and tailgate in their boats.
With a seating capacity of 10,000, Alaska Airlines Arena provides fans with an intimate environment to cheer their Huskies on to victory. The arena, built in 1927 and renovated in the 1999-2000 season, is home to several Husky sport programs: the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the volleyball team, and the gymnastics team. Over the span of four seasons (2012-15), the women’s volleyball team appeared in four consecutive NCAA rounds of sixteen while posting a 64-4 home record at the arena. The men’s and women’s basketball teams have also performed well at the arena with 22-12 and 22-8 home records respectively over the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. Several big-name Husky basketball players have been picked up by the NBA: Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, Bobby Jones, Spencer Hawes, Will Conroy, and Detlef Schrempf.
One of the most recent renovations to the U-Dub campus, Husky Ballpark was revamped in 2014 and seats 2,200 at capacity. The latest renovations to the park included a new team performance center, an enhanced scoreboard, new field turf, press box and media area, public restrooms and concessions, Husky Authentic Official Team Store, a permanent entrance and a grass berm for students and families. Like most of the other UW stadiums, the Ballpark is built to showcase the natural beauty of the Seattle with amazing views of Lake Washington and Mt. Rainier. In 2014, when the ballpark opened after significant renovations, the baseball team posted a 21-7 home record, advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Overall, the Husky baseball team has appeared in nine NCAA Tournaments and has had 18 former players appear in the MLB. In 2006, two-time CY Young winner, and former Husky, Tim Lincecum won the Golden Spike as the National Player of the Year.
Built in 1994, the Husky Softball Stadium can hold 1,500 at capacity. Offering one of the best views in the country, the stadium is located just east of Husky Stadium overlooking Lake Washington and Mt. Rainier. The Husky softball team has been dominant throughout the years advancing to 21 straight NCAA Tournaments, 11 Women’s College World Series’, and taking home the 2009 National Championship title.
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