Seattle families love our sports. From the Seahawks to the Mariners to our yet-to-be-named NHL team, we can’t get enough. Next time your kids need a sports fix, consider taking them to a college sporting event. Attending is easier and less expensive; plus, with four fantastic schools that boast an exciting array of teams, it’s a win for everyone. Read on to find can’t-miss events for the weeks to come.

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University of Washington

Whether you call them the Huskies, the Dawgs, or simply U-Dub, the University of Washington is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities on the West Coast. With 23 intercollegiate athletic programs, top-notch facilities for every sport and championship teams across the spectrum, it's easy to be a fan. Fan families can take advantage of the Pups & Parents package. Each purchase grants two admissions (one parent, one child) to designated games for these sports: volleyball, soccer, women's basketball, gymnastics, baseball and softball. Join the P&P and treat your kids to a life of athletic pursuits or at least Husky fandom.

Upcoming Events

Pac-12 Swimming & Diving Championships
Head down to Federal Way to cheer the Huskies to victory at the Pac-12 finals! Cal, Stanford and USC are all ranked in the national top 20 in each sport, but they're no match for the Huskies. Check out the schedule of events for Women's Swimming and Men's & Women's Diving and Men's Swimming. Event details.

Feb. 26-29 & Mar. 4-7
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center
650 S.W. Campus Dr.
Federal Way, WA 98023

UW Fan Fest & Spring Football Preview
Excitement is running high under new head coach Jimmy Lake, so be among the first to check out the 2020 Husky men's football team! Fan Fest kicks off in the indoor practice facility with football fun for fans and fams, and freebies and festivities for small fry. Then the event moves outdoors for the first Husky practice of spring football. Go Dawgs!

Apr. 25, TBD
Dempsey Indoor Practice Facility
Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium
3800 Montlake Blvd N.E.
Seattle, WA 98195

Windermere Cup & Opening Day Regatta
Every year UW creates one of Seattle's finest spring traditions by celebrating the opening day of boating season with this rowing classic. The free, family-friendly event sees the University of Washington compete against top U.S. and international teams. The event also includes food and drink vendors, kid-friendly activities and free giveaways. Following the races, fans are invited to join the champions for an awards ceremony near the finish line. Be sure to arrive early to stake out your spot on the Montlake Bridge or along the Cut. Event details.

May 2, 10 a.m.
Montlake Cut

Insider tip: Anywhere along the Cut provides a fantastic experience, but consider cheering for the Husky winners at the finish line, located on the northwest side of the Cut behind the UW Medical Center. The Montlake Bridge is another great (albeit packed) spot to watch the big races. It offers bird's eye views of the starting line to the east and the finish line to the west.

Good to know: Many UW spring sporting events are totally free all season, including men's and women's tennis, rowing, track, and beach volleyball!

Huskies Ticket Office
3910 Montlake Boulevard
Graves Building Room 101
Seattle, Wa 98195-4070
206-543-2200
Online: gohuskies.com

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Seattle Pacific University

Located along the Fremont Cut, the NCAA Division II SPU Falcons play 13 different varsity sports. Last year the Falcons won four Great Northwest Athletic Conference team championships in women’s indoor track & field and outdoor track too. Plus, the Falcons men's basketball team just pulled off an eight game winning streak on the road to March Madness. Long story short, it's a great time to learn to love these teams.

Upcoming Events

National Girls & Women in Sports Day Celebration
How about a two-fer? Watch the SPU women's basketball team take on the Western Washington Vikings and celebrate females in sports at the same time! Expect fun giveaways like Falcon scrunchies, a free yoga class, a climbing gym pass, and more. Psst...Promo code: NGW20 will get you $4 tickets. Event details.

Feb. 6, 5:15 p.m.
Brougham Pavilion
3414 3rd Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119

Girl Scouts Night 
The kids will flip for Falcon Gymnastics at this event. Extra perks to Girl Scouts (who receive a free patch) but the whole family will marvel at the feats of strength and agility. So bring the fam out to support the team!

Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
Brougham Pavilion
3414 3rd Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119

Falcon Regatta
Looking for something exciting to do with tiny early risers? Pack up the fam and head to the Lake Washington ship canal to catch the Annual Falcon Regatta. The Falcons will have free donuts and coffee on hand shortly after sunrise. Best of all, tickets are free! Event details.

Mar. 14, 8:30 a.m.
Lake Washington Ship Canal
Seattle, WA 98118

Falcons Ticket Office
Brougham Pavilion
3414 3rd Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
206-281-2085
Online: spufalcons.com

photo: Sarah Finney/Seattle U Athletics

Seattle University

With a proud history that includes NBA Hall-of-Famer Elgin Baylor, Seattle University is back in NCAA Division I athletics after 29 years. The Redhawks have recently pulled off some stunning upsets over nationally-known teams, so it's a great time to become a fan. In fact, Seattle U wants to afford all grade school children the opportunity to experience the college environment through the fun of sports. Kids sixth grade and younger can join Rudy's Kids Club for free. Membership includes free tickets to select events, exclusive invites to Rudy's Club events, even autograph opps. Sign us up!

Upcoming Events

Fan Appreciation Day
The Redhawks are in the thick of things in the WAC race this year, so show your support against the Chicago State Cougars. They'll have groovy giveaways like fanny packs, deals on Chicago dogs, and discount coupons from team sponsor Pagliacci Pizza. Yum! Event details.

Mar. 5, 7 p.m.
Redhawk Center
550 14th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98112

Final Regular Season Men's Basketball Game
Cheer the Redhawks on to victory against the UMKC Kangaroos in their final game before the WAC Championship tournament in Las Vegas. This important game takes place in the 7,000 seat ShoWare Center in Kent, so arrive early and be loud!

Mar. 7, 1 p.m.
ShoWare Center
625 W James St.
Kent, WA 98032

Women's Softball First Home Game
Celebrate the return of spring by cheering for the Redhawks at their first home game.

Mar. 12, TBD
Bannerwood Park
1790 Richards Rd.
Bellevue, WA 98005

Redhawks Ticket Office
O’Brien Center
901 12th Street
Seattle, WA 98122
206-398-GOSU
Online: goseattleu.com

photo: Rick May

Bellevue College

Home of the Bulldogs, Bellevue College competes in 11 different men's and women's sports. This Eastside, hometown fave competes as part of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWCA). With baseball and softball season just around the corner, now's a good time to become a fan. Check out these upcoming games for electrifying fun with the fam.

Upcoming Events

Softball
Coach Lisa Francis has built this team into a force to be reckoned with, and their 42-7 overall 2019 record proves it. Catch the women as they take on the Edmonds Tritons and Everett Trojans in two, exiting games this spring.

Apr. 25 & May 2, noon & 2 p.m.
Bellevue College Softball Field
3000 Landerholm Cir. S.E.
Bellevue, WA 98007

Baseball
Recognized as one of the top junior baseball teams in the country, the Bulldogs are fun to watch. Come out to support the team this spring!

Apr. 4 & 26, 1 & 4 p.m.
Courter Baseball Field
3000 Landerholm Cir. S.E.
Bellevue, WA 98007

Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Cir. S.E.
Bellevue, WA 98007
425-564-2396
Online: bellevuecollege.edu

—Natalie Compagno

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