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School Colors: Purple and Gold

Washington’s school colors, Purple and Gold, were adopted in 1892 by a vote of a student assembly on the original downtown Seattle campus. One patriotic group favored Red, White and Blue as the University’s colors, reasoning that “since the school was named after the father of our country, our national colors should be the school’s colors.” The opposing faction argued that national colors should not be degraded for such everyday use. The debate was ended when a young English instructor, Miss Frazier, stood and read the following excerpt from Lord Byron’s “Destruction of Sennacherib.”

“The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;
And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,
And the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.”

Tailgating along the shores
of Lake Washington.
Tailgating, Husky Style

While Husky Stadium fans enjoy the event of tailgating like those at other stadiums, the fans at Washington add a unique element not found elsewhere - tailgating by boat. The stadium’s location on the shores of Lake Washington makes it easily accessible by boat from all over the Seattle area, and encourages many fans to use the water to travel to and from games. Members of the Husky crew team ferry fans to and from the shore to catch the action, or a ride home.

Hall Of Fame Photo Gallery

In September of 2002 Washington opened its Husky Fever Hall of Fame. The 5,000-square foot display room is located on the west end of Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, the remodeled room pays homage to Washington's rich athletic history and traditions.

The Husky Fever Hall of Fame room includes displays featuring all 23 of Washington's current athletic programs, retired varsity sports, and a room for the school's athletic Hall of Fame inductees. Photography, artifacts and rare personal mementoes from former UW student-athletes are included in the numerous colorful exhibits.

Artifacts date back to Washington's early athletic history in the 1890s. Some fascinating items include commemorative tickets from the opening of Husky Stadium in 1920; football gear from the Gil Dobie era (1908-1916), ornate showerheads featuring a Husky image from the early years of the Pavilion; national championship rings from football and women's crew and 360-degree panoramic photography of the Arena prior to and following its renovation. The hand-carved statue of "Sunny Boy" that served as the University's original mascot when its athletic teams were knows as the Sun Dodgers, is also on display.

A $1 million naming gift funded the Hall of Fame by Husky Fever during Washington's Campaign for the Student-Athlete. Husky Fever is a support organization for Washington's department of intercollegiate athletics. Formed in 1977, it includes retailers, manufacturers and brokers from the food industry. The total project cost for the Husky Fever Hall of Fame was $1.8 million.

Several companies were involved in the remodel of the Husky Fever Hall of Fame. LMN Architects of Seattle provided the conceptual design of the room and casework. Sellen Construction of Seattle was the general contractor. RCL Rhodes of Athens, Ohio developed the displays and oversaw the creative design team of Widmeyer Design of Seattle and Maltbie, Inc. of Mt. Laurel, N.J.

The remodel of the old Hall of Fame Room was the final step in the renovation of Hec Edmundson Pavilion that took place from April of 1999 to December of 2000. The original Hall of Fame Room included wooden plaques of each Husky Hall of Fame member and a general lounge area.

The Husky Fever Hall of Fame is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The room is open three hours prior to any Washington home football game and 90 minutes following the conclusion of the game. It is open during all varsity athletic events held in Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Dave Torrell, who was responsible for collecting the artifacts on display in the Husky Fever Hall of Fame, serves as the part-time curator for the room.