Husky Stadium will be packed Friday afternoon, and so will the rush-hour roadways.
A flood of purple and gold will make its way to Husky Stadium on Friday, and the 6 p.m. football kickoff is perfectly timed to jam up your afternoon commute however you get around.
The 10th-ranked Huskies take on No. 7 Stanford, and more than 70,000 people are expected to attend the first matchup of top-10 teams at Husky Stadium in 19 years.
And don’t forget about the Mariners, still alive in the wild-card race, who play at 7:10 p.m. Friday.
“Plan ahead. Be ready for delays,” said Scott Gutierrez, a spokesman for King County Metro. Sound Transit warned riders to expect standing-room only on buses and light rail.
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Transportation agencies are making a number of changes to keep traffic flowing.
Sound Transit is beefing up the number of train cars operating on Link light rail, said Bruce Gray, an agency spokesman.
“We normally put seven three-car trains out during peak hours to supplement the 12 two-car trains,” he said.
For game day, the agency will boost train-car numbers, running 12 three-car trains and seven two-car trains. Four trains will be on standby to fill gaps or deal with large crowds.
“We’re putting everything we can in service tomorrow,” Gray said Thursday.
In the downtown transit tunnel, King County Metro will have extra supervisors on hand to speed bus boarding.
“That’s always kind of the chokepoint in the tunnel,” Gray said.
Metro will also be rerouting several buses.
Routes 44, 45, 65, 67, 71, 73, 75 and 372, which normally pass by Husky Stadium, will be sent through the University District. The timing of reroutes varies.
A free shuttle will operate between the University of Washington Link Station and Northeast Campus Parkway every 7.5 minutes.
Because Metro will be serving afternoon commuters, game-day bus service from suburban park-and-rides that is usually offered to Husky fans won’t be available.
The university is trying to fill the gap by offering game shuttles from area colleges, churches and a medical center. Riders must register and print a shuttle ticket to ride the UW-provided buses. Registration closes at midnight Thursday.
Uber is offering trips for half price to and from Friday’s game if you punch in a promotion code. The company’s contract drivers will pick up and drop off on East Stevens Way Northeast.
A free bike valet, opening three hours before kickoff, is available just off the Burke-Gilman Trail at Rainier Vista.
When the Husky game lets out, Sound Transit and King County supervisors will be on hand to queue people at the UW light-rail station.
Because the Huskies have blown out recent opponents, Gray said people have left the game in waves and crowding has not been an issue at the station.
“I think everyone expects this to be a tighter game,” he said.