So Many Reasons To Cheer In The New Husky Stadium
When the Huskies come out of their new tunnel for the unveiling of renovated Husky Stadium on Aug. 31 before kickoff against Boise State, “Dubs” will again be leading the team through the traditional smoke and onto the field. UW’s traditional siren will again be wailing.
The stadium is all new. The spirit and traditions? They are the same – enhanced, even.
The “Go! Huskies!” cheers will again alternate from the north and south stands. But because the fans are now closer to the field, because the south roof is one-third larger in size than its predecessor, those cheers are likely to be even louder than they were in the previously rockin’ stadium.
Thanks to what UW officials say has been a “very engaged” Dawg Pack leadership, students are poised to continue their tradition of making Husky Stadium an inhospitable place for opponents. The students will be almost inside opposing huddles when teams are backed up to the west end zone, where the new stands are 100 feet closer than the old ones.
The fans are closer because the old track is gone. That means the iconic W helmet car no longer has a road to travel. UW retired the helmet car this month for display in Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry.
But the siren is back. It will roll into Husky Stadium before each kickoff and out of it after wailing for every Huskies score inside its new, portable case. The approximately three-foot tall case has "Sound the Siren" painted on it. During the games, the siren will be in the student’s section, and a student member of the Husky Band will be tasked to sound the siren. Between games, the siren will stay with the band.
The first few rows at the bottom of that section are reserved for the Husky Band. Those rows are wider and their benches are lower, making it easier for band members to get onto and off of the field – and easier for them to rock the place.
Hey, with so much spirit inside new Husky Stadium – and with 18 starters including fifth-year senior quarterback Keith Price back from last season’s bowl team -- why wouldn't you cheer?
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