Emerald City, get your pad­dles ready. Northeastern’s grad­uate campus in Seattle and the city have teamed up to install a new ping­pong table in City Hall.

Tayloe Wash­burn, the dean and CEO of Northeastern—Seattle, and City Coun­cilmember Nick Licata unveiled the table on Wednesday after­noon in a short cer­e­mony. Council Pres­i­dent Sally Clark and Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith presided over the fes­tiv­i­ties, which included an epic show­down between Wash­burn and Licata, ping­pong afi­cionados whose bond over their shared love for the game led directly to the partnership.

North­eastern sold the ping­pong table, pad­dles, and balls embla­zoned with the university’s name to the city for $1, a for­mality that expe­dited the process. The table will be housed on the ground level of Seattle’s City Hall and will be avail­able for public use.

According to Wash­burn, playing ping­pong is a pop­ular way for stu­dents, researchers, and entre­pre­neurs at North­eastern and in Seattle’s startup com­mu­nity to relax after a long day of work.

At North­eastern, we’re focused on inno­va­tion,” he said. “Pro­viding this recre­ational outlet is the per­fect way to con­tribute to City Hall’s com­munal atmos­phere and intro­duce more people to Northeastern.”

Added Licata: “City Hall is host to public con­certs, public protests, public ral­lies; why wouldn’t we add a public ping­pong table to the mix?”

The pair’s ping­pong prowess is no secret. In table tennis cir­cles, Wash­burn is known as “Big Daddy Ping,” Licata as “The Shark.”

In the table’s inau­gural match, Big Daddy Ping bested The Shark 21–15 in a hotly con­tested battle. Wash­burn sported North­eastern track pants and a T-​​shirt embla­zoned with the image of a Husky. “My pants are loose so I will be able to dive for drop shots,” he joked in a pre-​​game inter­view. Noting the light wind con­di­tions, he said, “I’ll have to factor that into my spin and defen­sive strategy.”

Northeastern’s grad­uate campus in Seattle opened in Jan­uary in the South Lake Union neigh­bor­hood, an inno­v­a­tive hub of global health, life sci­ences, and tech­nology com­pa­nies and insti­tu­tions that com­ple­ments the 28 grad­uate degrees offered by the uni­ver­sity. The degrees, designed for working pro­fes­sionals, are deliv­ered through an inno­v­a­tive hybrid edu­ca­tion model that merges online and on-​​campus learning.