Washington Huskies Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Mike Hopkins

Team Mascot: Harry the Husky

Year Opened: 1927

Capacity: 12000

City / State: Seattle / Washington

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Washington Huskies vs Washington State Cougars

Rival Team: Washington State Cougars

The Huskies and Cougars have a long-running rivalry that dates back to the 1909-10 season. The two teams have met every year since 1916-17 and have almost as strong a rivalry on the hardwood as on the gridiron, so don’t miss it when these two Evergreen State rivals square off.

Washington Huskies vs Oregon Ducks

Rival Team: Oregon Ducks

The Washington-Oregon rivalry is a fierce one on both the gridiron and hardwood. The football rivalry between the two may get the majority of the press, but there is lots of bad blood when these two meet on the court as well. Make sure to be in attendance when the Ducks come to town if you want to see a great matchup at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

The Dog Fight

Rival Team: Oregon State Beavers

The Dog Fight between Washington and Oregon State has been played almost 300 times. The rivalry is one of the longest running rivalries in college basketball with the Huskies holding a slim 158-140 all-time lead in the series. If you want to see a hard-fought contest, then get tickets to The Dog Fight between Washington and Oregon State.

Washington Huskies Stadium Guide

In Game

Hec Edmundson Pavilion has been the home of the Huskies since 1927 and over the years has hosted many great Washington basketball teams and players. The place oozes history and is a beautiful place to take in a game making a trip to Seattle a must for any college basketball enthusiast.

There is a lot of history on display at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The arena is home to the Washington Athletics Hall of Fame, which is chalked full of artifacts from the past. You can even see trophies the school’s varsity teams have won over the years, so make sure to arrive early and check it out before the game.

Not only is the history around the arena incredible, so is the fan support. For a program that has only been mildly successful, Washington fans come out in high numbers to support their team. You’ll nearly always find the stands near capacity for Huskies game and the crowd is absolutely insane when a ranked team or rival is in town. The student section in particular help provide a great atmosphere with their wacky costumes and loud cheers.

The University of Washington campus is located right next to beautiful Lake Washington, and if you’re looking for pre or post game entertainment, there are few places that will beat Seattle. The city has many attractions including the Space Needle, so spend a few days exploring the city when attending a Huskies basketball game.

A trip to Seattle is an easy sell and while there make sure to attend a game at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The arena is one of the oldest in the nation and a must-see for college basketball fans, so book your trip today.

Things to check out

Husky Statue

Right in front of the main entrance of Hec Edmundson Pavilion is a statue of a husky. The statue presents an excellent photo op, which makes a great souvenir of your trip to Seattle.

Washington Athletics Hall of Fame

Make sure to check out the Washington Athletics Hall of Fame when attending a Huskies basketball game. The Hall of Fame is home to bowl trophies, pictures, and tons of memorabilia from over the years, so take some time before the game to visit the Hall of Fame.

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Huskies Team Shop

Hec Edmundson Pavilion is home to an impressive team shop. The team shop here features a variety of shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, hats, and much more. If you’re looking to pick up a souvenir from your trip, there is no better place to do so than the Huskies Team Shop.

The Wave

The famous fan gesture originated at Husky Stadium and has become a big part of Huskies games as well as sporting events everywhere. It’s fully present at Hec Edmundson Pavilion and can be seen numerous times throughout games, so join in on the fun.

Harry the Husky

A costumed Harry the Husky has been appearing at Washington basketball games since 1995 and is one of the signature components of any Huskies basketball game. Harry entertains the crowd by engaging in a variety of antics, so keep your eyes out for him at the game.

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Student Section

Hec Edmundson Pavilion is home to a wild and crazy student section. The Washington student section is loud as can be and come to every game decked out in purple and gold as well as all kinds of crazy costumes. Enjoy the atmosphere created by the student section when attending a Huskies basketball game.

Fight Songs

  1. “Bow Down to Washington”

    “Bow Down to Washington” is the official fight song for the Huskies. It was written in 1915 by Lester J. Wilson during a competition that was requesting a new song for the University. This is usually performed by the Husky band and was first used at the Washington-California football game on November 6, 1915, where the Huskies earned a 72-0 home victory.

    Bow Down to Washington,
    Bow Down to Washington,
    Mighty Are The Men
    Who Wear the Purple and the Gold,
    Joyfully We Welcome Them
    Within the Victors Fold.
    We Will Carve Their Names
    In the Hall of Fame
    To Preserve the Memory of Our Devotion.
    Heaven Help the Foes of Washington;
    They’re Trembling at the Feet
    Of Mighty Washington,
    The Boys Are There With Bells,
    Their Fighting Blood Excels,
    It’s Harder to Push Them Over the Line
    Than Pass the Dardanelles.
    Victory the Cry of Washington…
    Leather Lungs Together
    With a Rah! Rah! Rah!
    And O’er the Land
    Our Loyal Band
    Will Sing the Glory
    Of Washington Forever.

  2. “Alma Mater”

    To her we sing who keeps the ward
    O’er all her sons from sea to sea
    Our Alma Mater, Washington
    A health! a health! we give to thee;
    Child of the mighty western land,
    You’re the mother of a mighty race,
    Silent her gentle vigil holds In strength,
    Purity and grace, All hail! O Washington!

    Thy sons and daughters sing glad acclaim,
    Thro’ years of youth and loyalty;
    And still in age we sing thy fame.
    In honor thy towers stand,
    The battlements shine in dawning light,
    And glow again in sunset rays,
    All hail! O Washington!

  3. “Vict’ry for Washington”

    Vict’ry for Washington
    For the purple and the gold
    Vict’ry for Washington
    Hear the Husky cry of old to win
    The Husky pack is fighting on again
    Hear the loyal rooters sing
    Vict’ry for Washington
    Our Alma Mater will ring.

  4. Go Huskies

    At every home game, fans have their traditional chant to help cheer on the Huskies at home games. One-half of the stadium yells “GO” and the other half responds with “HUSKIES.” Join in the chant to show support for the Huskies.


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