New Press Box Isn’t Going Anywhere
As soon as one enters the new press box atop the south upper deck of renovated Husky Stadium, he will notice an overriding – and reassuring – characteristic.
It doesn’t move.
The old press box in the former version of the stadium was attached at its top to the south cantilever roof, affording a relatively overhead – and at-times shaky -- view of the field below. One had to lean forward in his chair to see action on the near sideline. Rain and wind came through the corners of the open-topped box.
Visitors took a ride up the south side’s only elevator and then accessed a catwalk to get to the old box. The uninitiated often clutched tables and flashed fear from their eyes as the old box shook along with the stadium when fans stomped and roared over huge plays by the home team.
All that will become but fun memories beginning with Aug. 31 unveiling game against Boise State.
The new press box, stretching across the back wall of the south upper deck, is markedly safer in its structure, its utilities and its features. It is multi-leveled, with a front row a few steps below a main level of press seating. There is the capacity for a third, auxiliary row for additional media should the stadium host a Pac-12 championship game or other big event necessitating a larger media demand.
The new press box has the latest wireless and hard-wired internet capabilities. It is climate controlled and offers some of college football’s most stunning views -- of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains to the east, of the UW campus to the north, and sunsets to the west. There is a kitchen and dining area plus a visitor entertainment “Sky Suite” in the back of the press box. Coaches and media can access the box via the new stadium’s 10 elevators; the former stadium had two. The coaches’ boxes have their own restrooms. The main television booth is below the main press box, at the 50-yard line at the bottom of the upper deck.