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September 11, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Pre-game scenes

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I’ve safely arrived at my seat in the Husky Stadium press box, and I’ve really decided that Eight Miles High by The Byrds ought to be our fight song up here.
And I’m here for what is as big a game as UW will play this season — really hard to get to a bowl game if the Huskies start out 0-2.
And if you don’t like me saying it, then listen to Hugh Millen, who used alternative phrases such as “sky is falling” and “calamity” on the radio as I was driving in to describe what it’ll feel like if UW loses this one today.
As always, I’ve included a few pre-game scenes.
At the top is the view of the stadium arriving off Montlake Blvd., about three hours prior to the game.
They are expecting a crowd of about 62,000 or so today for this one, and traffic wasn’t bad coming in other than the usual I-5 snarl-up south of the West Seattle Bridge, which I think happens every Saturday at noon regardless of what is going on.
For fans, this is a new experience coming here today with the construction in the parking lot for the SoundTransit project (and just to be clear, none of what you see up here today is related to the renovation, solely SoundTransit). I’m sure many of you will have thoughts on how that experience is and feel free to pass those along in the comments here.
The second picture is of the stadium as I was walking in and heading up to the press box. You can see the newly painted purple end zones, reminiscent of the late-90s era (last year’s were gold).
The third picture is the view of the field from my seat in the press box — always forget a little bit just how high up we are here until I get here again to start a new season.
I heard one of the Syracuse contingent marvel “wow, what a view,” as he turned the corner into press row here.
Only two more seasons left in this press box, assuming the renovation goes off as planned.
The last picture is looking out at Lake Washington from my seat here, and you can see The Zone in the forefront.
As I arrive, the band is practicing the halftime show, which will be a tribute to local musical acts that hit it big and will include a performance from one of those, The Presidents of the United States of America.
Finally, check back here for a pre-game live chat beginning at 2:30 p.m.

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