Sept. 7, 2007
The University of Washington opens its 2007 home schedule, described as the toughest in the nation by most observers, Saturday afternoon against 22nd-ranked Boise State.
The Huskies enter the game (12:30 p.m., FSN Northwest) with a 1-0 record following a 42-12 dismantling at Syracuse in front of a national ESPN audience in a rare Friday night game in the Carrier Dome. Louis Rankin rushed for a career-high 147 yards and three touchdowns, while Jake Locker rushed for two TDs and didn't commit a turnover in his first game as a Husky.
Needless to say, the optimism that Husky fans are showing these days has translated to a near-sellout crowd expected Saturday at 72,500-seat Husky Stadium.
Whether you are coming to the game, watching on television, listening on the radio or the Internet or following GoHuskies.com's Gametracker, here are a few things you will help improve your gameday experience:
Coming to the Game?ATM machines! There will be six new ATM machines located throughout the stadium. Two will be located on the West side of the stadium, two near tunnel 25 and two near the entrance to the South upper deck.
New electronic LED displays along the front of the general admission stands in the East end zone. These new state-of-the art signs are similar to the LED ring in Bank of America Arena and will enhance the HuskyTron production during the game. The athletic department has also installed a number of new signs and banners throughout the stadium to enhance the look and feel of the gameday experience.
A dynamic, new HuskyTron production. Husky fans will no doubt notice a new graphics package, a specially-produced open that will greet the team when it emerges from the tunnel onto the field and video features of players throughout the game.
Legends Center. The athletic department is building a new Legends Center building near the North entrance of the stadium, adjacent to the current sports performance center & Graves Annex. This facility is expected to be completed mid-way through the season and will celebrate the exceptional tradition and history of Husky football.
Parking & Transportation. Check out the UW's transportation website here. You can use the metro park and ride service. click here for details.
950 KJR's Pregame Tailgate. A new and improved tailgate show, hosted by UW's radio network flagship station, 950 KJR AM, will once again originate on the South side of Husky Stadium. However, this season a new stage and enhanced setup will provide fans the ability to check out the show and enjoy a great tailgate experience with the Husky Honks - Dave "Softy" Mahler, Dick Baird and Hugh Millen and their guests.
Husky Walk. The football team's newest tradition. Started last year, the team arrives to the Southeast corner of the stadium via bus approximately two hours (10:20 a.m. for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff) prior to the game. The have an organized team walk from the Waterfront Activities Center to the stadium entrance. Fans are encouraged to attend and be a part of welcoming the team to the stadium.
If you are planning to attend the game at Husky Stadium, you will notice a few new wrinkles that the athletic department has implemented to improve your experience.
Watching on TV?
Washington enjoys significant television coverage of its football games through the Pac-10 Conference agreements with FSN, ABC, ESPN and Versus. Additionally, the UW has an extensive agreement with FSN Northwest to provide additional live coverage of games as well as a weekly Huskies All-Access television show.
The Boise State contest will be televised live by FSN Northwest and will also be carried by FSN Rocky Mountain (in Idaho) and Fox College Sports Pacific (also known as FCS Pacific).
Listening on the Radio?
Every Husky game enjoys extensive radio coverage through the Washington ISP Sports Network and flagship station 950 KJR AM. For a complete description of the 11 hours of gameday coverage, click here. The game can also be heard on XM Satellite Radio channel 194.
Checking out the Internet?Live exclusive radio broadcasts from the Washington ISP Sports Network for FREE through the Dawg Channel All-Access. Just register online and log on from any PC. Mac users will be pleased to hear that the Dawg Channel is now available in that platform, using the Safari browser.
See the live official statistics from the game through the CSTV Gametracker. Special features for this year include a live in-game narrative provided straight from the press box!
Stats, photos, recaps, feature stories and other web content features are available all week long leading up to the through the game.
GoHuskies.com provides exhaustive coverage of the Huskies on gameday and every day throughout the year. You can find all of the following on Saturdays: