The “blackout” is a sell out.
I got word today that Husky Stadium will be sold out Saturday for the 1 p.m. kickoff between the No. 16 Dawgs and second-ranked Oregon.
That means a crowd in excess of 70,000, most of them in black clothes that will match the all-black uniforms and new black, matte helmets the Huskies players will be wearing.
This will be the second sellout in the four games played so far inside new, $281 million Husky Stadium. The Huskies hadn’t had two home sellouts in a season since 2007, when the old Husky Stadium (capacity 72,500 counting obstructed-view seats on the track at field level) was packed for Ohio State in September and then that season’s Apple Cup in late November.
In fact, Husky Stadium was sold out just one time from the end of 2007 until the re-opening game Aug. 31 against Boise State. That was Sept. 18, 2010, when 72,876 watched No. 8 Nebraska beat Washington.
Oregon sold 4,200 tickets of its visiting-team allotment for Saturday, about 1,200 more than Boise State sold for its trip to Seattle for the opener.