Oct. 25, 2007
SEATTLE - The University of Washington football program has long been a fixture within the culture of the Pacific Northwest and Husky fans have been treated to some of the greatest athletes ever to play the game.
Beginning this Saturday, visitors to the UW athletic complex can visit the new Legends Center, a centerpiece to a new state-of-the-art facility designed to pay tribute to the past and future success of Washington football. Located adjacent to the Graves Annex on the north side of Husky Stadium, the Legends Center will be open to the public three hours prior to each Washington home football game. Additional hours of operations are being developed.
Designed by Kansas City, Mo.-based HOK Sport and built by Seattle-based Wick Constructors, the total project included the Legends Center, a complete renovation and improvement of the department's sports performance center (strength & conditioning), a recruiting center lounge, a football staff conference room and a new student-athlete cardio training space. The total cost for the 10,683-square-foot project was $6.1 million, nearly all of which was covered by private donations including several gifts by former players
The Legends Center features a number of rare and unique artifacts, assembled by UW historian Dave Torrell, as well as several specially-produced videos that are related to the four primary areas of emphasis in the facility: UW Bowl Appearances, Great Players & Coaches, Huskies in the NFL and UW's Gameday Experience. Three of the videos, produced by FSN Northwest, give fans a rare opportunity to re-live some of the unforgettable great moments and players in Husky football history.
One of the exhibit's special features is a 13-minute video, produced by award-winning film-maker Ward Serrill, in conjunction with Jon Horton and local production firm Flying Colours, that provides a unique and never-before-seen, inside look at Husky football.
In addition to various displays of artifacts and videos, an interactive touchscreen system, designed by Avidex and still under development, will give Husky fans the opportunity to view information, photographs and video clips from their favorite Husky player and coach.
A few of the unique artifacts contained in the Legends Center include: