April 26, 2010
SEATTLE - The University of Washington will host UCLA in a nationally-televised ESPN Thursday night contest on November 18, 2010 in Husky Stadium, UW and ESPN officials announced at a press conference today.
The game, Washington's first non-weekend contest in Husky Stadium since a 1939 Thanksgiving Day matchup against Oregon, will kick-off at 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) and will serve as the Huskies' final home game of the 2010 regular season. It will be televised to a national audience by ESPN as part of its agreement with the Pacific-10 Conference.
"This Thursday night game is a great opportunity for our football program and our community," said Steve Sarkisian, UW's second-year head football coach. "We've always said that Husky Stadium provides one of the best home field advantages in college football and our players and coaches are really looking forward to feeling the electricity on such a special night. It will be the final home game for our seniors and what a great way for them to be honored. We certainly appreciate ESPN and the Pac-10 for selecting Washington for this game and we will do our best to make it exciting."
Washington has never hosted a non-Saturday ESPN game. However, the Huskies played at BYU on Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999 and at Syracuse on Friday, August 31, 2007. Both games were televised by ESPN. The UW hosted Fresno State on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004 in its only other non-Saturday regular-season appearance since 1944.
"Having the Washington-UCLA game join our Thursday night lineup is a tremendous addition to our schedule," said Dave Brown, ESPN's vice president of programming. "I want to thank Washington, the Pac-10 and, especially, Coach Sarkisian, Scott Woodward and his staff for all of their efforts in making this happen for ESPN. We look forward to showcasing both programs, the great city of Seattle and the incomparable atmosphere of Husky Stadium for the first time on a Thursday night. Having a Thursday night game in Husky Stadium, where we have televised so many great UW games over the years, really signifies the tremendous cooperation we receive from UW in our scheduling efforts each year."
Over the years, Washington has enjoyed extensive television coverage of its football games. The Huskies enter the 2010 season riding a 38-game streak of live television appearances and appeared on ABC/ESPN three times last season - including the thrilling 16-13 win over third-ranked USC. Every game in each of the last three seasons has featured a live television broadcast.
"Exposure is critical for the success of our football program and we are thrilled that ESPN has decided to showcase the Huskies to the rest of the country," added Washington Athletic Director Scott Woodward. "We are intimately aware of the challenges associated with hosting a Thursday night game at Husky Stadium. We have always enjoyed great cooperation and support from the community and our campus partners. A major planning effort is underway and I am confident we will be able to make this a positive, memorable event for our fans and our team."
Washington plays six home games in 2010. The Huskies open the season Sept. 4 at BYU before hosting Syracuse (Sept. 11) and Nebraska (Sept. 18) in its final two non-league games of the year. During the Pac-10 league schedule, the Huskies host Arizona State (Oct. 9), Oregon State (Oct. 16), Stanford (Oct. 30) and UCLA (Nov. 18).
The Husky Ticket Office recently reported a strong nearly 96 percent season ticket renewal rate from last season and approximately 2,100 new season tickets are currently being processed. The ticket office is planning its popular "Select-A-Seat" event Friday at 5 p.m., prior to the annual Spring Game in Husky Stadum. Visit www.GoHuskies.com or call (206) 543-2200 for more information.