Let Purple Reign!
Give a warm welcome to The University of Washington and all it has to offer!
We are SO EXCITED to announce the University of Washington Huskies of the Pac-12 Conference as one of our newly supported teams starting in the fall of 2019.
2018 was a big year for the Dawgs, they are headed into the 2019 season as recent Pac-12 Conference Champs, with a big win against their rivals in the Apple Cup and a tough fight at the Rose Bowl! They’re ranked in the Top 20 going into the 2019 season.
We did hear that Husky Stadium, also known as the Alaska Airlines Field, is one of the best settings in college football. The most recent renovation to Husky stadium was just in 2013 and has been for the Washington Huskies since 1920. With the stadium looking better than ever, and an incredible view of Lake Washington. It’s going to make for some great tailgating.
Whether you’re an alum who needs a refresher, or an opposing team fan traveling in for a game, here’s everything you need to know to have a successful game day at Husky Stadium.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Do you and everyone in your party have your game tickets? If not, be sure to check out the options on the Husky Athletics Ticket Page.
One thing to note – if you’re an away fan, I’d check with your own ticket office first if you’d like to sit in your team’s section. Typically, the away team fans get some not so great seating options, so totally understand if you want to find something better. Just be ready to be surrounded by Purple and Gold! Luckily, they’re a good crowd of fans.
GETTING TO HUSKY STADIUM
Do note, that some 70,000 people will converge at Husky Stadium, so it’s always good to plan ahead and think about alternative ways of getting to the game:
#1 Drive & Park
Luckily, there are a lot of accessible parking lots within a short walking distance.
If you’re a UW season ticket holder, you can contact the Tyree Club for a season parking pass – either send them an email to email@example.com or give them a call at 206-543-2234.
Single-game general-public parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis day of game in E1, N25, N4, N5, W10, W12, UW Tower Garage A, UW Tower Garage B, Padelford Parking Garage, C1-C6 Central Plaza Garage, S1, and Portage Bay Garage (SO. MANY. OPTIONS.)
We’d suggest planning to park in Lot E1. The parking lot opens 6 hours prior to kick-off and you can see Husky Stadium from any parking space in this lot. It’s a short 5-10-minute walk to the stadium and has an incredible tailgating atmosphere! Typically, this lot never fills up, except when Washington State is in town, so be prepared for that game which is on 11/29/19.
Parking Rates – (be sure to bring cash, since some lots do not have the capability to take credit cards):
$30 for carpools (3 or more people)
$40 for non-carpool automobiles
$120 for RVs, motor-homes or 5th wheels
For more detailed parking information on RV’s, Charter Buses, Guidelines, etc. Check out the UW Huskies Parking Information.
#2 The Link Light Rail
Taking the Link Light Rail will put you within just a few minutes of all the action. It drops you right at the entrance of the stadium. How awesome is that?
Link light rail travels between UW Station and Angle Lake Station, making 14 stops along the way, including downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport.
- Link trains run every 6, 10 or 15 minutes depending on the time of day.
- Service is available from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 6 a.m. to midnight on Sunday and holidays.
- Adult fares range from $2.25 to $3.25 depending on how far you travel.
For more information on stops: https://www.soundtransit.org/schedules/route/40_100479
For more detailed pricing information: https://www.soundtransit.org/ride-with-us/how-to-pay/fares/link-light-rail-fares
#3: King County Metro
The King County Metro operates a free shuttle service from the Angle Lake light rail station to Federal Way Park & Ride before and after home games.
They are currently in the process of updating all their route and shuttle information for the 2019 season. All info will be updated and available starting July 2019 here.
#4 Burke-Gilman Trail
The Burke-Gilman Trail is a great option for cyclists and walkers.
#5 Ride-Share / Taxi’s
Ride-share options such as Uber, Lyft, etc. are great options for game day. The drop-off/pick-up location is on Steven’s Way at Rainier Vista, a short walk to Husky Stadium. Do note, sometimes it does take a little while to grab an Uber or Lyft after the game lets out, so be patient! Or consider alternative ways to get home.
If you want to host your own tailgate for friends & family, luckily pre-game parties are allowed in all lots and garages!
Do note, that grills are only permitted on the surface-area lots and deep fryers and open flames are PROHIBITED everywhere.
If you’re planning to host your own tailgate, be sure to check out some of our other blogs on tips & tricks for the perfect tailgate:
Now, this is something the Tailgater team has NEVER seen before: SAILGATING!
Since Husky Stadium is positioned right next to Union Bay, people actually sail up to the stadium and tailgate in their boats! Check out this image to better understand what we’re talking about:
Husky Harbor can dock up to 150 private boats of varying sizes on game day. With permits being available on both a season pass and single-game basis.
Although sailgating is a must-do during your time as a student, the attraction of sailgating goes far beyond the students! Many alum and fans enjoy the gameday with a breathtaking view too!
Since this is such a popular form of tailgating, the boat moorage permits for the 2019 season are limited due to the crazy high demand. To join the waitlist, go here.
Good news for those who don’t receive a moorage – you’re still able to drop anchor and tailgate in the bay! A complimentary shuttle service will be available to transport fans from their boat to the dock. However, a shuttle ticket is required for a return trip, but are only $10/person. The shuttles will be available two hours prior to kick-off and will run for one hour after the game.
If you don’t have your own boat, there are many charter options. If you’d like more information on this option, feel free to reach out to the Boat Moorage Manager at 206-685-8442 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Zone is a premium hospitality experience that features entertainment, food, beverages, and fun!
There’s a Public and ZonePass option:
Public: The Zone offers food, Coca-Cola products, beer, and wine starting three hours prior to kickoff. The public side of the Zone closes at kickoff and will not re-open.
ZonePass: Those faithful to the Purple & Gold (season ticket holders) can purchase a ZonePass to access the private side of The Zone starting three hours prior to kickoff throughout the first half and halftime. ZonePass holders enjoy guaranteed access to The Zone at halftime, dedicated bars and concession areas resulting in shorter lines, and extended operating hours to come and go at their discretion.
Exciting features in The Zone includes:
- Rotating food trucks featuring local favorites
- Non-alcoholic beverages, beer, wine, and liquor are available for purchase (liquor only available for ZonePass holders and corporate tent guests)
- ZonePass holders have access to the ” Touchdown Tavern” – a lounge area featuring seating, TV’s and a bar serving beer, wine, and liquor
- Get up close to cheer on the Washington football team as they walk through The Zone into Husky Stadium during The Dawg Walk
- Music and a live pre-game broadcast from the Huskies’ flagship station, KOMO Newsradio AM 1000 & FM 97.7
For more information on The Zone, check this out.
Or if you’re interested in buying a ZonePass, a limited number of season ZonePasses remain. To purchase, log in to your season ticket account here.
TAILGATER CONCIERGE SERVICES AT HUSKY STADIUM
If you don’t want to deal with all the hassles of tailgating, you always have the option of using Tailgater Concierge’s tailgate service. We handle all the set-up, take-down and clean-up of your tailgate equipment. We also help coordinate all your catering, beverage, bartending, transportation, etc. needs! It’s a great option for fans who don’t own tailgating equipment, who are traveling in from far away, for large groups and corporate events! Check out our packages for Washington Husky Games here: https://www.tailgaterconcierge.com/washington/
For the 2019 season, we’ll be set-up and ready for our guests four hours prior to kick-off in the South-East end of Lot E1. This lot is ideal since it is a huge tailgating area for fans, it’s a short walk to the stadium, and it has TONS of parking, so it’ll be easy for you and your guests to park close by.
If you have any questions about our services available for the Washington Huskies, feel free to shoot us an email at email@example.com or give us a call at 888-301-2190.
THINGS TO REMEMBER FOR A GAME DAY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
#1 What you can/cannot bring into the stadium
Please note, Husky Stadium, along with almost all other sports venues, has adopted the clear bag policy. Please be sure to look at the full guidelines for information on what you can and can not bring with you into the stadium.
University of Washington Athletics Clear Bag Policy:
#2 Plan for the Weather
As many of you know, it rains quite often in Seattle. It’s highly recommended to bring ponchos or rain jackets even though the upper levels of the stadium have roofing – it never stops the wind from blowing in the rain. It is a well known tradition to wear or purchase a husky beanie at a game!
Some other helpful items that wouldn’t hurt to bring along:
-Gloves, the wind and rain can be brutal
-Blankets, they can go a long way as far as covering up those legs or simply be a good seat cushion
-Umbrellas are always great in sun and rain, and Seattle’s got both
Pro Tip: The University of Washington loves to give out free buttons with a slogan about the Husky’s opponent to all fans that stop by the bookstore any time before the game that week. Don’t miss this!
LOCAL MUST-SEE’S AND DO’s
Another great aspect to the University of Washington is that it is located in an amazing destination, Seattle, Washington. It’s not only fun to travel in for a game day, but to also extend your experience into a long weekend trip to give yourself time to explore the amazing city of Seattle.
Some things you MUST do if you’ve never been to Seattle:
- Pike Place Market
- Grab a coffee at the first ever Starbucks café
- See the Space Needle
- Check out a Seahawks game at Century Link
- And so much more!
Here is a great Thrillist article on fun things to do while visiting the city: https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/seattle/things-to-do-in-seattle
P.S. Our team is in the process of building out a super detailed blog on exploring the city of Seattle. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be notified on when it will be posted 😊
FUN FACT ABOUT THE WASHINGTON HUSKIES
Washington’s athletic teams had been called the Sun Dodgers since 1919, but a lot of people thought that didn’t do much for the school’s — or the region’s — image. An attempt to adopt the nickname Vikings in 1921 was met with protest by the students, and a joint committee of students, coaches, faculty, alumni, and businessmen proposed new names. The Huskies nickname for athletic teams was officially adopted on Feb. 3, 1922.
If you have any questions regarding the game day experience for the Huskies games at the Husky Stadium, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Tailgater Concierge. We’re happy to help!
Also, let us know if there is any info we missed and should incorporate in this blog – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 😊