The Nov. 5 Washington-Oregon football game was one of the most emotional games in Husky Stadium history—and not just because it matched two Pac-12 arch-rivals from the Pacific Northwest. It was the final game in Husky Stadium before it closed its doors for more than a year as a major renovation kicked off the very next day.
The final night inside the beloved 91-year-old stadium overlooking Lake Washington provided fans with some memorable moments, such as an appearance by legendary former coach Don James and his wife Carol; a special tribute to the members of the 1991 national championship team, including the leader of the Dawgs’ ferocious defense, All-American defensive lineman Steve Emtman; and a special salute to the 18 seniors on the 2011 Husky team, who are likely headed to a bowl game.
The Huskies concluded the 2011 regular season by taking on Washington State in the Apple Cup in the Dawgs’ temporary home, CenturyLink Field. The Huskies will play their home games of the 2012 season at CenturyLink Field. They will return to open the brand new Husky Stadium in the season opener against Boise State on Sept. 7, 2013.
So now, the stadium that has brought so many thrills to Husky fans over the years awaits its renovation that will provide for an enhanced fan experience as well as improved facilities for the Dawgs.