Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion

Alaska Airlines Arena At Hec Edmundson Pavilion

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Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion

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Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, commonly known as Hec Ed, is an indoor arena on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, the home of the Washington Huskies of the Pacific-12 Conference. Originally opened in 1927, the brick venue is home to the UW men's and women's basketball programs, as well as the women's volleyball and gymnastics teams. The current seating capacity of Hec Ed is 10,000 for basketball.


Early history

The pavilion is located immediately north of Husky Stadium. Originally the University of Washington Pavilion, the building was constructed for $600,000 and opened on December 27, 1927. After twenty years, it was renamed the Clarence S. "Hec" Edmundson Pavilion on January 16, 1948, honoring the university's longtime track and basketball coach, a former Olympian who retired in 1947.

The building was designed as a multi-purpose field house, handling six or seven men's sports, including use as an indoor football field and track. Seating and flooring were intentionally mobile. The floor was originally dirt, and the football team practiced in the venue during bad weather. The basketball floor was laid over a bed of 2x4's, resulting in a variety of bounce characteristics.

Hec Ed originally had glass skylights in its ceiling. During the state high school basketball tournament in 1938, one of these fell during a windstorm, injuring two spectators, resulting in their permanent removal. - "Hec Ed...
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