Sports fans won't want to miss this site: Husky Stadium, an outdoor football stadium on the campus of Seattle's University of Washington. Few sporting venues have been dropped smack dab in the middle of such stunning beauty; the stadium's located at the southeastern corner of campus, between Montlake Boulevard N.E. and Union Bay (just north of the Montlake Cut, an area that bustles with boats, kayakers and paddleboarders).
The stadium recently completed a $280 million renovation (begun in 2011), and now the structure's U-shaped design cleverly minimizes the glare from the early afternoon sun in athletes' eyes. The open end of the stadium overlooks scenic Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains (Mount Rainier included). Prior to the recent renovation, its total capacity of 72,500 made it the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwest (and the 23rd largest in college football).
Since 1920, the venue has hosted football games as the home of the Washington Huskies of the Pacific-12 Conference. The university also holds its annual commencement at the stadium every June.
Loyal spots fans work up an appetite during games; thankfully, nearby eating options abound. The closest restaurant choices can be found in the University District, while others extend across the bridge (in Eastlake) and a bit farther west in neighborhoods like Fremont. Whether it's good ole' pub grub or more exotic fare you're after, Seattle's dining scene never disappoints.