UW also announces formal plans to honor Bob Rondeau before the Apple Cup.

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Soon enough, Don James will have a permanent place at Husky Stadium.

An effort years in the making will finally become a reality when a statue of Washington’s iconic coach is unveiled during homecoming weekend when the Huskies host UCLA on Oct. 28.

The James statue will be placed alongside the statue of longtime coach Jim Owens — the only people so recognized at Husky Stadium — in the northwest plaza of the stadium grounds. Owens’ statue was erected in 2003.

Even before James’ death in 2013, the idea of a statue had been conceived for some time. A group of James’ players have spent several years trying to independently raise money for the project.

James won more games than any coach in UW history, leading the Huskies to six Rose Bowls from 1975-1992 and a share of the 1991 national championship.

UW has also announced formal plans to honor Bob Rondeau during the Apple Cup at Husky Stadium on Nov. 25. Rondeau is retiring after this season after 37 years as the Voice of the Huskies.

Ticket update

Single-game football tickets went on sale Tuesday morning through the UW Ticket Office.

Following UW’s run to the College Football Playoff, the athletic department reports robust sales of season tickets. UW had a retention rate of 96 percent from 2016 season-ticket holders and reports 5,376 new season tickets sold, which the department describes as a “modern era” record for Husky Stadium.

UW football season ticket sales*

2017: 44,087
2016: 40,324
2015: 39,821
2014: 39,357
2013: 46,978
2012: 41,193 (at CenturyLink Field)
2011: 42,231
2010: 44,593

*does not include student tickets