Parking woes may plague Husky fans at new UW stadium

SEATTLE - The scramble to finish Husky Stadium appears to have paid-off, but you may still run into problems finding a parking space.

A behind-the-scenes tour at Husky Stadium proves fans are in for a treat.

Not only is the action closer with the track removed and seats extended down, but there's also the much awaited suites that will help pay for the $280 million renovation.

"Those are called patio suites, and then the regular suites or traditional suites are above that," Jeff Bechthold says.

There's still finishing touches that need attending, but nothing that should detract from the fan experience on game day.

"Not to say there won't be a glitch here or there," Bechthold says. "I think that's inevitable at any new facility, especially something of this size."

One challenge that still remains is finding a parking space. The nearest lot is down to 800 spots, due to ongoing construction of a Sound Transit Light Rail project.

And forget about parking in the surrounding neighborhoods, the city just expanded the restricted parking zones limiting street parking to residents who live there.

"Part of the stadium project was to add a 200 seat parking garage," Bechthold says. "Under the stands on the south side, that will be parking that's utilized on game days by the suite owners."

Campus parking for Saturday's game against Boise State is $30 for carpools, $40 otherwise. There's also a $5 shuttle service available through Metro Transit.