Jan. 26, 2004
SEATTLE - Officials from the University of Washington and the Air Force Academy held a joint press conference today to announce the 2005 season opener between the two schools has been moved from Colorado Springs to Seattle. The game will be held at Seahawks Stadium.
Bob Walsh Enterprises, an event promotion firm in Seattle, acquired the rights to the game from the Academy. Though the game is at a neutral site, the Academy will be the home team. Financial terms and other considerations of the agreement are being finalized.
"We are particularly excited to bring this event to the people of Seattle and the Puget Sound Region, said Walsh." "The tradition of the Air Force Academy is so powerful and we want to be able to share some of those traditions during the game and events surrounding the weekend. The sporting event will have a major impact on the community."
Washington will receive 35,000 tickets for the game that will be made available to its season ticket holders. The UW season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets on the away game ticket application form. Those forms will be mailed to season ticket holders during spring of 2005.
The 2005 meeting will be the eighth meeting between the Huskies and Falcons. Air Force leads the overall series 5-2, including victories in the last two games. The 2005 game will mark the second time the teams have played at a neutral site. In 1998 Air Force defeated Washington 45-25 at the inaugural Oahu Bowl played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The Falcons defeated Washington 31-21 at Husky Stadium in 1999, the last time the two schools met.
The Falcons won the first three meetings in the series (1963, 1964, 1966) before the Huskies picked up wins in 1967 and 1980. Air Force head coach Fisher DeBerry owns a 2-0 record against Washington.
The 2005 contest with Air Force will mark the first time Washington has played a regular-season game in Seattle at a non-campus site since 1906. That year saw the team play its first four home games in the city before debuting the new on-campus Denny Field. Since the 1920 season the Huskies have played all of their games in Seattle at Husky Stadium. Washington has played its annual Spring Game at Seattle's Memorial Stadium and the old Kingdome. Before moving to Denny Field, the Washington program used eight different sites in Seattle to play its games from 1889-1906.
Earlier this month Washington announced its 2004 season-opening game with Fresno State moved to Sunday, Sept. 5 to accommodate a national television broadcast on Fox Sports Net.
2005 Husky Schedule Sept. 3 vs. Air Force (Seahawks Stadium) Sept. 10 CALIFORNIA Sept. 17 IDAHO Sept. 24 NOTRE DAME Oct. 1 at UCLA Oct. 15 at Arizona State Oct. 22 USC Oct. 29 at Oregon Nov. 5 OREGON STATE Nov. 12 at Arizona Nov. 19 WASHINGTON STATE