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Updating One of College Sports’ Most Iconic Venues

University of Washington Husky Stadium Renovation and Expansion
Seattle, Washington, USA

“Our design partners met the challenge we placed in front of them and breathed new life into Husky Stadium. The stadium design honors the history and natural beauty of the iconic, lakefront stadium and provides a forward-serving facility that boosts the nationally competitive Husky football program with the best training resources available. It achieves all of this with an eye toward efficient, budget responsible solutions, which will proudly serve generations to come.”

Chip Lydum
Associate Director of Athletics, Capital Projects and Operations, University of Washington Athletics

The renovation to Husky Stadium creates one of the country’s best settings for college football.

The rebuilt stadium helps the university recruit student athletes, provides a home-field advantage and enhances the fan experience.

HOK’s design preserves the history of the 1920 stadium and its sweeping views of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains while transforming it into a state-of-the-art venue.

Complete demolition and reconstruction of the lower bowl and south-side stands brings fans closer to the action. By preserving the building’s iconic metal roofs, the design ensures that the stadium remains one of the nation’s loudest.

New concessions, restrooms, lobby space, high-resolution video boards and premium seating options enhance the game-day experience for fans. Premium seating includes six suites and 60 club seats on the field level and 2,500 club seats, 30 suites and 30 loge boxes on a dedicated club level.

A new football operations building within the west stands connects a new, tight and unified seating bowl to the field and provides state-of-the-art facilities for players, coaches and staff. The building includes home-team lockers, weight and training rooms, a recruiting lounge, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms and support spaces.

In addition to responding to constraints created by the stadium’s urban, lakeside site, the design creates connectivity with the new Sound Transit station southeast of the stadium. A 200-stall parking garage was constructed beneath the south bowl and stands.

A retail component and the University of Washington Sports Medicine Center promote year-round activity within the stadium.

The University of Washington noted that the LEED Silver certified stadium “represents the future of sustainability in sports facilities. The project’s approach to sustainability looked past the basics of water and energy conservation to enhance infrastructure, reduce the building’s impact on the surrounding environment and provide a platform that has allowed UW to promote sustainability to its stakeholders, students, and fans. … The project team identified and implemented strategies to maintain and reuse the shrubs and trees on site, protecting the buffer zone between the stadium and the wetlands. The project has also received Salmon Safe Certification through the Pacific Rivers Council, recognizing UW for its transformative land management practices, including pollution capture, stormwater capture and cleansing, construction activity pollution reduction strategies, and maintaining a green infrastructure buffer. All these strategies focus on protecting the vital waterways that are used by fishes of the Northwest.”


LEED-NC Silver 


72,000 seats


Facility Programming
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture


National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USG Corporation – Sustainability Award

Masonry Institute of Washington – Excellence in Masonry Awards


Largest LEED-certified collegiate sports venue


Number of club seats


Reduction in water consumption in renovated stadium


3 August 2015
“Husky Stadium Earns NACDA Sustainability Award”
University of Washington Athletics

31 August 2013
“Renovated Husky Stadium Earns Raves from Fans”
The Seattle Times

29 August 2013
“Husky Stadium to Debut After $280M Renovation”
USA Today

 24 August 2013
“New, Improved Husky Stadium Ready to Shine”
Seattle Times