One-third more reasons to rock new Husky Stadium
In 1992 the second-ranked Huskies rocked No. 12 Nebraska in the first night game in Husky Stadium history. ESPN measured the noise that night at more than 130 decibels, often cited as the loudest game ever along Montlake Boulevard.
New Husky Stadium, with a capacity of approximately 70,000, may get even louder than that.
360 Architecture, the firm that designed the new stadium, believes it will. Designers cite the fact fans are 45 feet closer to the field on the sidelines and more than double that distance closer in the west end than in the previous stadium, now that the old, moat-like track has been removed.
The television cameras may no longer shake; that’s because they are now set into wells within the new stadium’s south stands rather than out on platforms extended from the old upper deck. Yet just because your TV screen may not be jumping doesn’t mean the new Husky Stadium won’t be rockin’.
No track means the loudest of the fans, the Dawg Pack student section, is poised to make life miserable for opponents. The students will now practically be inside foe’s huddles when they are backed up near the west end zone.
The completely redone south stands are more stacked above and below the new suite levels, with the potential for the noise to travel more straight up to the signature cantilever roofs and more directly back down onto the field.
Plus, that new south roof now has a surface area one-third larger than that of its matching roof on the north side. So it stands to reason that new Husky Stadium can trap one-third more noise back down onto shell-shocked opponents below.
“With the roofs and the proximity of the fans,” Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian says, “I think it can only get louder.”
The rest, of course, is up to you – beginning on Aug. 31.
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