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History of Husky Stadium

I just saw this short video about the history of Husky Stadium posted on  It’s short but does have some interesting information and images-including a quick tour into the first tunnel!

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Husky 2011 Spring Football Game

Washington-Huskies-HelmetThe weather cooperated today so I headed to the 2011 spring football game at Husky Stadium.  This will be the final spring game hosted in the 91 year old bowl.  Afterwards, I got up close with Keith Price, ASJ, Nick Montana, Nick Holt, and Chris Polk.  Despite scouring the field after the game, I could not locate Sark. Get a load of the lost fan from Eugene:


2011 Spring Game


And a nice panoramic of the final spring game in Husky Stadium:

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New Husky Stadium Pics

In case you didn’t see the new images released of the upcoming stadium renovation:

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Husky Stadium Artists Rendition

Here is an artist’s rendition of a renovated Husky Stadium in 2013:

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Husky Stadium Renovation

This is a short video clip concerning the upcoming renovation featuring Washington AD Scott Woodward.

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Husky Stadium 2012 Renovation

huskystadiumrenovation_6_thumb1 Construction begins in December 2011. The final opponent in the then 91 year old stadium will be on November 19th against WSU for their 104th meeting. The second to last game?  October 29th against Oregon.

The 2012 football season will be played at Qwest Field.  The six home games will be against Portland State, Nevada, Stanford, Oregon State, UCLA, and Arizona State.

2013 Season opens at new Husky Stadium against… ???


Demolish: The construction of the new stadium will begin at the end of of the 2011 football season with the demolition of the majority of the current structure.  This includes:

  • Lower bowl of stadium (40K seats, originally built in 1920)
  • Including the track
  • South side stands. (15K seats, built in 1950)


Build: Included in the plans are a brand new lower bowl replacing the original one built in 1920.  Husky fans should also expect:

  • New team meeting rooms 
  • New recruiting facilities
  • New coaches’ offices
  • 25 suites
  • 25 loge boxes
  • 2500 club seats

Capacity: The seating capacity has been said to remain "similar to the current capacity."


The development team has experience building football stadiums including Qwest Field, Sanford Stadium, Ben Hill Griffin, and Bobby Dodd Stadium.  Below I have compiled information about each of the structures.


Qwest field (Seattle Seahawks)

Capacity: 67,000
Located: Seattle Wa,




Sanford Stadium (University of Georgia)

Capacity: 92,746 (7th largest in NCAA)
Located: Athens Georgia, University of Georgia.


Sanford Stadium bing maps

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Capacity: 88,548
Located: Gainesville, Florida, University of Florida

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Bobby Dodd Stadium

Capacity:  55,000
Located: Atlanta, Georgia, Georgia Tech

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Will Husky Stadium Capacity Ever Hit 80,000?

Since its inception in 1920, Husky Stadium has increased its size on average every 17 years. It’s now been 23 years since the stadium increased its capacity to over 72,000 fans with no plans in sight to boost its size. Currently, the talk is how to keep the stadium from falling down as opposed to making it bigger. What’s keeping the stadium from growing – or rather what is keeping the fans away? Let’s take a look at the size progression over the years.


There have been four major seat additions in the past 90 years. In 1935, 16 years after the stadium was built, capacity grew 33% from 30,000 to 40,000. Then in 1950 15,000 seats were added. In 1968 another 4,500 seats were added. And finally, in 1987 after in addition of 13,000 seats, the stadium capacity reached 72,500 where it remains today.

Perhaps the problem is the surrounding population. Is the population of Seattle growing enough to support a stadium with over 80,000 seats? Surprisingly, the population of Seattle has been roughly constant for the past 50 years as it has stayed between 500,000 and 600,000.

Seattle's Population

But this alone does not tell the entire story. The population of the surrounding suburbs has increased dramatically. Since 1960, the suburbs of Seattle have added over one million residents bringing the total population of King County to two million.


The problem we find is the capacity of Husky Stadium is not growing in tune with the population of King County. Over 500,000 residents have moved to the surrounding suburbs in the past 25 years without the stadium growing by one seat. In other words we have a phenomenon where the ratio King County resident per seat is ever increasing (see chart below).


For its first 40 years, the people per seat ratio (hereafter P/S ratio) stayed roughly constant at 15 – going so high as 17 and as low as 13. Since 1960, the P/S ratio has increased from 17 to 26.

Plenty of factors could be contributing here. There was the introduction of other major sports teams, the Mariners, the Sounders, the Sonics, and the competing local NFL franchise – the Seahawks dividing the Husky fan base between pro and college sports. Also much of the growth of the area has come from immigration from other states as well as overseas. Transplants are often less likely to become loyal to local college teams than the professionals. I’ve noticed many of the new residents are not fans of American football to begin with but prefer soccer and cricket.

Will we ever see an 80,000 seat stadium? It’s possible. With a little math and the assumption both the population of King County and the P/S ratio continue to increase at their present rate, Husky Stadium will grow to be 80,000 seats in 15 years. Of course, this assumes the football team shakes off the past decade and rises to the upper echelons of the Pac-10 as order is restored to West Coast college football.

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