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UW Athletics Shares Plans For Cheering on the Dawgs This Season

Nov 9, 2020

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SEATTLE – University of Washington Athletics is sharing its plans for Husky football games so fans can cheer on the Dawgs responsibly this fall to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

"We take a tremendous amount of pride in our gameday traditions at the UW," said Jennifer Cohen, Director of Athletics. "Due to the current state of the pandemic and in alignment with Pac-12 gameday policies, we will not be able to host our traditional in-person events throughout the fall and need all Huskies to do their part so we can do everything possible to keep the Huskies on the field this fall. We know how special our fans are to this place and our team has been diligently working to put together opportunities for you to engage and cheer on the Dawgs virtually."

The UW knows how passionate its fans are about Husky football, and this doesn't mean they won't be rooting on our Dawgs. The department is collecting fan-submitted videos, photos, and messages to help share in the gameday traditions. Check out all the ways to get involved.

Beginning with the Nov. 14 home opener vs. Oregon State, and for future home games this season, fans will be able to experience behind the scenes content and keep up with stats during the game on a second screen web stream. More information on how to watch will be released soon. Also, fans can continue to order cutouts by visiting GoHuskies.com/DawgsInTheHouse. Additionally, as part of the celebration of the 100th year of Husky Stadium, former Husky Legends will be recognized throughout the year in a new series called "Legendary Moments" where fans will be able to hear the stories and memories from some of the greats in UW Football history. More information on these stories will be released at a later time.

Fans can also listen to the Dawgs all season long live on flagship station SportsRadio 950 KJR, the Washington Sports Network, and the Huskies Gameday mobile app, as well as available on demand on the GoHuskies Podcast. Radio coverage of the 2020 Husky Football team along the Washington Sports Network from Learfield IMG College is already underway. The Jimmy Lake Show is a one-hour weekly show featuring the Huskies' head coach, airing live on Wednesday nights from 6-7 p.m. PT. On game day, live coverage begins four hours before kickoff with Husky Gameday hosted by Dave 'Softy' Mahler, Dick Baird and others. Tony Castricone, Damon Huard and Elise Woodward will call the play-by-play of the games. 

The Pac-12 previously announced that it will not permit spectators inside conference venues this fall and until at least Jan. 1 for basketball competitions. Locally, all parking lots throughout the entire campus footprint will be closed on gameday when the Huskies are playing, both home and away, as tailgating will not be permitted. Additionally, sailgating will also not be permitted, as well as any in-person gatherings for watch parties on campus. UWPD will have an increased presence on gameday in these areas to ensure restrictions are being followed by all fans. 

It is also encouraged that on gameday fans limit any indoor gatherings to follow local and state guidelines to help curb the spread of COVID-19.