History comes alive in the new Jim Houston Stadium Boardroom
Jim Houston was a first-team academic All-American end who played for the Huskies from 1953-55. He’s since been a major contributor to UW athletics, and has led drives to fund university housing.
Houston gave the largest gift of any former Washington football player for the renovation of Husky Stadium. To say thank you in perpetuity, UW is naming its museum-like meeting space just inside the west entrance to the new stadium the Jim Houston Stadium Boardroom.
“It’s the one place where we will honor the history of the stadium and milestones in it,” said Jennifer Cohen, the senior associate athletic director for advancement for University of Washington athletics.
“It is very fitting to have Jim Houston’s name on this room. He played here in the 1950’s. And he’s been associated with our university and the football program ever since.”
The 37-by-29-foot room is highly visible inside the stadium entrance facing Montlake Boulevard, just below the new football operations center. It has a 14-by-5-foot table in the center for meetings. Two walls of sepia-toned murals will depict a timeline of Husky Stadium milestones, from the day it opened in 1920 as Washington Field through this month’s re-opening following its $261 million renovation. A final wall of the room is being reserved for images from the Aug. 31 re-opening game against Boise State.
Planners say the Jim Houston Stadium Boardroom is ideal for gatherings of groups with fewer than 50 people. It can be available for rent by off-campus groups, through coordination with the UW athletic department.
The picutres below are the graphics placed on the walls inside the new Jim Houston Stadium Boardroom, showcasing the history of the stadium and milestones:
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