The renovation of Husky Stadium received the green light to proceed when the University of Washington Board of Regents approved the $250 million project in November.
The project—which will not use any public or University funds—is scheduled to get under way just before the end of the 2011 football season. The 2011 Apple Cup game against Washington State will be played at Qwest Field in downtown Seattle, meaning the final home game in Husky Stadium before construction begins will be Nov. 5 against Oregon.
“The approval allows us to take the next steps in a project which is vital to the success of our football program and our department,” Athletic Director Scott Woodward said.
The project includes:
- New lower bowl and south stands
- Suite, loge boxes and club seating
- Removal of the track and lowering the field by 4 feet
- A football operations building on the stadium’s west side
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will fund the renovation through 30-year bonds. In addition, the UW is seeking major gift donations of $50 million as well as $200 million in new revenue from naming rights, season tickets and premium seating to cover the cost.
The project is scheduled to be completed by the start of the 2013 UW football season. The Huskies will play their 2012 home football season at Qwest Field. The Huskies will open play in renovated Husky Stadium on Sept. 7, 2013, with a game against Boise State.
While Husky Stadium has long been known as one of the premier college football venues in the nation, it requires a number of safety upgrades and other changes.
Said Head Football Coach Steve Sarkisian: “An enhanced fan experience, while still embracing the great tradition it holds, will all be part of making our football program more competitive.”