The Falcon | Volume 83, Issue 53
By , Staff Reporter
Published: May 22 2013
Feeling a stadium shake from the roar of a crowd on a Saturday afternoon is an experience all college students should have. Without NCAA football at Seattle Pacific, students must look elsewhere, dividing their athletic loyalties with another school.
Walk around campus long enough, and you are bound to see people wearing Washington Huskies gear. Seeing a UW jersey during the college football season is even more likely.
Husky Stadium on Montlake Avenue sits just a few miles from SPU. Even without personal connections to UW, the close proximity can create links between the two schools. This includes college football, where students are finding a missing piece of the college experience.
“I went to a couple games this year, and I know the [Huskies] pretty well,” said Joey Rebbe, a freshman from Southern California. “For SPU students … it’s easy for us to go.”
With minimal ties to UW, Rebbe describes the Huskies as his “second team.” His first is UCLA, whom he watches when they are on television and catches highlights of during the season.
Rebbe, like many others, is in a difficult position by splitting his college athletics attention. To fill the football void, adopting UW or holding true to a hometown school act as solutions for SPU students.
The intramural flag football league has its attractions, but it’s nothing like waking up on a Saturday morning knowing that your team will be playing in front of thousands of people, possibly on national television.
Growing up over the bridge in Kirkland with multiple UW connections, I have rooted for the Huskies throughout my life. While the Dawgs haven’t seen a Rose Bowl in over 12 years, I still bleed purple and gold, cheering on UW each football season.
Whether coming from the Seattle area or not, many students are discovering the Huskies as the best source for a college football fandom.
Other SPU students, however, stay consistent with the team they have grown up with.
Warner Edwards, a sophomore from West Linn, Ore., never stopped rooting for his Oregon Ducks after coming to SPU. While games are less available to watch in Seattle, he still follows the team online through gamecasts and streaming.
“I plan on going when [the Ducks] come to Husky Stadium,” Edwards said, regarding the Oct. 12 matchup between Oregon and UW in Seattle.
With students being fans of different schools, personal rivalries are formed around campus. If I see a Washington State fan walk by, I know to withhold my Huskies obsession because the Cougars took down UW in the Apple Cup last year. The same situation occurs between fans of the Ducks and Oregon State Beavers after the annual Civil War.
For those interested in becoming college football fans, you’re in luck. This fall, the Dawgs are back at a renovated Husky Stadium that features no bad seats and beautiful views of Lake Washington.
The season begins when Boise State comes to Seattle on Aug. 31. In total, the Huskies will have seven home games this season, including the Apple Cup on Nov. 29. Tickets can be bought and sold on Stubhub for all games.
While parking can be costly, driving to Montlake takes under 15 minutes. A bus ride is a bit longer at over 30 minutes but costs much less.
Attending football games is part of the college experience. And while SPU cannot give this opportunity, resources are available for Falcons to adopt Huskies football.
Whether allegiances lie with UW, Oregon or any other university, filling the college football hole at SPU is a necessity for sports fans displayed in many different ways.
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