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Emerald City goes Maroon & Gold

Are you one of the lucky Devils going to the Washington game on Saturday? Taking a trip to an away stadium to cheer on ASU is one of my favorite ways to show my Sun Devil pride and support.  As I mentioned in my last post about taking kids to ASU games, making a vacation out of the road trip is easy and fun. This Saturday’s game gives the opportunity to enjoy Seattle and spend time with fellow Sun Devils Friday night and Saturday before the big game.

The obvious must do for the week end is the game on Saturday with kickoff at 7:45pm PST and, before the game, everyone will be looking for somewhere to eat and enjoy a drink or two. Nothing is more fun than pre-gaming with fellow Sun Devils in another city before a big game. Every year, there are Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgates put on by the ASU Alumni Association where Sun Devils are assured a good time with a huge group of other ASU fans. These tailgates are filled with maroon and gold, food, music and fun.

Festivities for this weekend at Washington include:

Friday Night Inferno

Hosted by the Seattle Chapter of the ASU Alumni Association – Join local and out of state Sun Devils at this weekend’s kick-off event and turn the Emerald City Maroon & Gold!

Friday October 24 7:00 pm

Rock Bottom Brewery

1333 Fifth Ave.
Seattle, WA

There is street parking and parking garages available for free in most areas after 8:00 pm. These parking locations are just a short walk from light rail and street car stops.

ASU vs Washington Game and Tailgate

Saturday October 25 kickoff at 7:45 pm

To purchase game tickets in the ASU sections, click here to order through the Sun Devil Athletics ticket office.

Pregame Sailgate departs at 5:00 pm; tickets for this event are now sold out

Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgate

Big Time Brewery & Alehouse at 5:00 pm

4133 University Way, NE
Seattle, WA

Join other ASU fans and alums (plenty of husky fans will be there too) at Big Time Brewery for some locally brewed beer, specialty sauces and fries and other eats. With a revolving slate of their best tap brews dependent on the season, Big Time Brewery and Alehouse has been a Seattle neighborhood bar institution, packed with eager University of Washington beer swillers, for years.

There is street parking in this area, but probably won’t be long enough to make it through the game. Consider a lot or taking the bus to campus. The group at Big Time Brewery will leave about 45 minutes before kickoff to walk across campus to the stadium. Contact Kati Wright for additional details.

Aside from the ASU festivities, there are plenty of other sights worth checking out to make a vacation of your weekend in Emerald City.

Duck Tours of Seattle

Learn more about Seattle by land AND water, Ride the Duck tours discount for ASU fans. Use code: ASU14 to get a discount during ASU Football in Seattle weekend.

Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)

MOHAI collects and preserves the diverse history of Seattle. The museum boats over 4 million documents, objects and photographs from the Puget Sound region’s past. These artifacts are paired with modern, hands-on interactive experiences to make history come alive.

Keep UberSEA in mind

Get back to the hotel safely from the weekend events with Uber. First time users can use SEAASU14 for a free ride, up to $20.

If you’re unfamiliar with Uber, it is a ride-sharing service based in San Fransisco. The company uses smart phone applications to connect passengers with drives of vehicles for hire. Uber provides services in 45 countries and more than 100 cities worldwide.

The Seattle Must-see list:

Pike Place Market & “The Original Starbucks”

Pike Place Market has been in business since 1907. This downtown public farmers market operates year round, offering an abundance of vegetables, cheese, flowers, fish and touristy knickknacks. Possibly best know for its flying fish, Pike Place is a must visit in Seattle. Vendors at the market toss salmon to each other and crack jokes to draw a crowd near the main entrance fish stall. The shops across the street from Pike Place Market included “the original” Starbucks, which moved to this location from down the street five years after its 1971 opening but retains the vintage look.

Space Needle

Likely the icon of Seattle, the Space Needle gives a great view of the city from the top. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, this structure stands 605 tall and resembles a spaceship on stilts. The Space Needle is open daily, including evenings.

Seattle Center

A cultural complex full of places to see, foods to taste and people watching.

Olympic Sculpture Park

This free admission park provides a walk through world-class sculpture with wonderful city, harbor and mountain views. The outdoor sculpture garden spans over nine acres of a seaside bluff. Open year round, 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

And, since many of you are ASU alumni who’ve spent many nights on Mill Ave. in Tempe, what would the weekend list of things to do be without bar recommendations?

College Inn Pub

4006 University Way NE

The College pub in is seemingly the go to bar close to Husky Stadium for UW students. A completely laid back local Seattle bar filled with students and faculty from the University of Washington, the appropriately named College Inn Pub sports excellent pub food to go along with its good selection of tap brews and full bar.

4720 University Way NE
A no-brainer reason to visit Earl’s on the Avenue is its notorious distinction of serving the strongest drinks in Seattle. The placed is said to be packed every night with crowds who can get quite rowdy in a good way and a great place to get a quick, cheap buzz. And, the Long Island Iced Tea at Earl’s is said to make a well-seasonsed boozer rethink that title.
And for dinner, check out Joey Kitchen
2603 NE 46th St
Led by Executive Chef Chris Mills, the culinary team at JOEY Kitchen brings a high level of craftsmanship to each and every dish, ensuring the bold flavors and signature dishes that create the JOEY experience are delivered right, each and every time. JOEY Kitchen is the US flagship property for JOEY Restaurants.
If you’re making the trip to Emerald City for the game and you’ve read this article, my husband, Marc Blagg, will buy you a beer if you can find him. Enjoy Seattle, wear gold and let’s GO DEVILS!

About Amanda Blagg

Amanda Blagg

Amanda is a 2002 Arizona State graduate. When she began at ASU in 1998, so began her love of Sun Devil football. She and her husband, also an ASU alum, have had football season tickets since then and travel to road games every season. They are currently raising two little Sun Devils. Her eight year old son was born a Devil; he began singing the fight song before bed when he was two. Some of her son's happiest moments have been on the field at the spring games; when Coach Graham tweeted a photo of him and when he got to meet Coach Graham at the Utah game in 2013. The Sun Devil Pride & Passion runs deeply in the Blagg family and Amanda strives to share her passion with you in Outside the Tines.

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