After pandemic cancellation, Apple Cup back on

SEATTLE — It’s game day in Seattle. The Huskies and Cougars are going head-to-head at the Apple Cup, and fans couldn’t be more excited to be back.

“It’s awesome to have the competition between the schools,” said Huskies fan Greg Galloway.

Cougars fan Katie Lyons added, “It’s just so great to be out here with everybody.”

Last year’s game was cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. Despite the current number of COVID cases being higher than what health officials would like to see, thousands of people still descended on Husky Stadium.

Huskies fan Kevin Heislzer says the proper protocols are in place. “Everyone is doing their thing. I think overall, the fans are pretty comfortable to be back in the stadium.”

Like all major events statewide, proof of vaccination and negative COVID tests are required to get in.

Wristbands are being given to those who verify their vaccination status.

“We’re all doing everything we can to keep each other safe, so we’re really excited about just being back in the stadium. It feels really good to be with each other,” said Cougars fan Kira Bottles.

The Huskies currently have a solid Apple Cup winning streak, but the leadership of both teams is in turmoil.

Washington State University and the University of Washington are both down a head coach.

“This year it’s anyone’s game I think, said Lyons, “with the coaches situation, and just seeing what’s going to happen.”

The Apple Cup is about more than just who wins or loses. It’s about keeping alive a more than century-old tradition that brings together two corners of the state.

“We all get to come together. I mean we’ve got a bunch of Huskies, a bunch of Cougs, we’re just all together,” said Cougar’ fan Stephanie Lawrenson.