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Husky Stadium

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  Venue Resources  
Address 3800 Montlake Boulevard NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone (206) 543-2246
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  The Facility  
Date Opened 1920
Major Renovation 1950, 1987, 2008
Ownership
(Management)
University of Washington
(University of Washington)
Surface Dirt
(1920-1937)
Grass
(1938-1968)
AstroTurf
(1968-1999)
FieldTurf
(2000-Present)
Cost of Construction $600,000
General
Contractors /
Construction Managers
Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company
Capacity 72,500
Luxury Suites Unknown
Club Seats Unknown
  Other Facts  
Tenants Washington Huskies
(NCAA) (1920-Present)
Former Tenants Seattle Seahawks
(NFL) (1994)
(NFL) (2000-2001)
Population Base 2,500,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Championships 1st
1960
2nd
1991


Sources: Mediaventures

Annually voted the most scenic football structure in the nation. Nestled high above Union Bay in Lake Washington it has several characteristics that make it unique among other stadiums.

A seating capacity of 72,500 allows Husky Stadium to rank as the nation’s 15th largest on-campus facility. It is the largest stadium, college or professional in the Pacific Northwest.

With nearly 70 percent of the seats located between the endzones, Husky Stadium can be one of the loudest stadiums in the nation.

The north upper deck offers sweeping views of Mt. Ranier, the Olympic Mountain Range and downtown Seattle.

Built in 1920at a cost of $600,000, the stadium’s initial capacity was listed at 30,000. The stadium was opened in the dedication game, November 27, 1920, when Dartmouth defeated Washington, 28-7. A student fund drive, in which students and businessmen sold plaques at $50 and $100 levels, provided the capital necessary to get the project off the ground.

Two members of the stadium committee were dispatched east to study an existing report on stadiums. Their determination called for a seating capacity of 60,000 and be constructed in two units. One of the key factors in the layout of the stadium was “the establishment of the longitudinal axis.” The goal was to “avoid as far as possible the glare of the sun in the stadium for the benefit of the players.”

To accomplish this goal, the astronomical department figured the angle of the rays of the sun at 4 p.m., November 24, 1920. Based on those measurements, the axis of the stadium was approximately set at right angles to the rays, which established the axis at 71 degrees 50 minutes west of north. The final components in figuring the stadium locations were figuring the best views of the lake and mountains from the interior and working with the existing confines of the land.

Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company was contracted to build the structure. The original contract to begin construction was signed May 7, 1920 and called for work to be complete by November 27 for the Dartmouth game-a timetable of six months and 20 days. A unique method of excavation known as sluicing--in which earth is displaced by high-pressured water-was used to clear the area. In all, 230,000 cubic yards of earth was moved using 587,000,000 gallons of water. The original crown on the playing field reached a height of 18 inches.

Plans for the stadium called for a four-lane track (including 220-yard straightaway) and the structural drawings called for stands that would allow patrons to “view the entire running track without rising or having his view obstructed by the person sitting adjacent to him.” The study resulted in an elliptical form being adopted.

A “sunken passage” was built to separate the fans from the field which also providing drainage for the field and facility. Drainage was a major concern of construction since it was calculated that one inch of rainfall on the structural portion of the stadium would accumulate 36,000 gallons of water.

The aisles and seating patterns were planned so that the original capacity crowd of 30,000 could exit the stadium in seven minutes.

The stadium was completed on time despite 46 days of rain during the construction period. Final work was finished 12 hours before kickoff of the inaugural game.

The stadium experienced further growth in 1936 when 10,000 above-grade seats were added around the rim of the structure, upping the capacity to 40,000.

In 1950, Husky Stadium was again expanded when roof-covered stands were added to the south side. Approximately 15,000 additional seats, at a cost of $1.7 million, offered excellent viewing between the goal posts.

A steel roof partially covered all seats in the upper deck and approximately 6,000 seats in the lower stands. In the rear of the structure, two silo-shaped ramps provided access to the upper deck concourses.

The two-level press box and camera deck areas were also installed as part of the 1950 project. The view available for approximately 75 members of the press is 185 feet above the stadium floor. The south side elevator was also part of the 1950 construction project.

Stadium capacity jumped from 55,000 to more than 59,000 in 1968 when 3,000 seats were added to the north rim and portable bleachers were installed beyond the east endzone. AstroTurf replaced the old grass field in 1968, the same year and all-weather track was installed around the football playing field. Washington was the first major college to install an AstroTurf field. At the time, the Houston Astrodome was the only other facility to use the playing surface. Because of the lack of similar fields, the huskies stocked over 200 pairs of shoes for opponents to use during games. The original artificial turf was replaced in 1972, 1977, 1987 and, most recently, in the summer of 1995.

In 1987, Husky Stadium expanded once again, adding 13,000 new seats. The $13 million project, performed by Lydig Construction of Spokane, brought the capacity to 72,500. The hallmark facet of the construction was a glass-enclosed reception area with a field view from goal line to goal line. Besides serving as an entertainment center on game days, the Don James Center has the capabilities to host major banquets or social events.

During the summer of 1990, the wooden bleachers in the north upper deck were replaced with new aluminum seating. The same process was repeated for the south upper deck in the summer of 1992.

The north deck seats are accessible by ramp or elevator. Husky Stadium possesses 49,580 sideline seats, or 68 percent of total capacity.

In 1989, all major construction in Husky Stadium was concluded with the replacement of the west stands. The $3.7 million facelift gives Husky fans better seating, more concession stands and restrooms, a new first aid room, police security area and photo deck.

In preparation for the 1990 Goodwill Games, Husky Stadium became the beneficiary of a brand new eight-lane synthetic surface track in the summer of ’89. The $1.5 million gift from the Seattle Organizing Committee provides athletes with a world-class facility. Husky Stadium hosted the track and field competition and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1990 Goodwill Games.

It's not just that the Huskies have had good teams. The stadium itself is a factor. With the always-packed stands so close to the field, the voices of visiting quarterbacks can vanish in the din.

"We do enjoy the benefit of 72,000 fans in the sold-out stadium," said former Washington coach Jim Lambright. "You appreciate the noise and loyalty of your fans. It makes it fun for a coach and provides an emotional lift for the players."

From I-5 Going North or South:
1. Follow the signs to Seattle
2. Take Hwy 520 exit toward Bellevue-Kirkland.
3. Travel 1/4 mile and take the Montlake Boulevard exit.
4. At the end of the off ramp there is a stop light at Montlake Boulevard. Turn left.
5. Travel across the Montlake bridge. You will see Husky Stadium on the right.
6. To access the E-10 or E-11 parking lots, turn right into the main stadium lot.
7. To access the C-21 parking lot (underground garage), turn left onto Pacific and make your first right. The garage is on your left.
8. To access the N-24 parking lot, continue on Montlake past Husky Stadium. Go 1/2 mile to the visitor's entrance on your left. Follow the directional sign.

From Highway 405 Going North or South:
1. From Hwy 405 take the Freeway 520 exit toward Seattle. This leads you onto the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge heading West.
2. Once across the bridge, take the Montlake Boulevard Exit. Turn Right.
3. Travel across the Montlake bridge. You will see Husky Stadium on the right.
4. To access the E-10 or E-11 parking lots, turn right into the main stadium lot.
5. To access the C-21 parking lot (underground garage), turn left onto Pacific and make your first right. The garage is on your left.
6. To access the N-24 parking lot, continue on Montlake past Husky Stadium. Go 1/2 mile to the visitor's entrance on your left. Follow the directional sign.

Parking and Transportation
Gates for all lots open at 7:00 A.M.

Parking is on a first come, first serve basis. Parking in nearby neighborhoods is prohibited. UW faculty and staff with parking permits park free on campus. A stack (bumper to bumper) method of parking is used in the stadium area. There is plenty of regular parking in the West and North campus parking lots.

Motor homes may park in Montlake lot E-1.

General Football Parking Information - (206) 685-1543
Football Disability Permit Parking - (206) 685-7167
Tyee Permit Parking - (206) 543-2234

For information about game-day commuting, contact the UW Transportation Office: (206) 685-1565, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. weekdays or visit their Web site at www.washington.edu/upass/

Bus Services
The UW offers all ticket holders free bus rides to and from the games when they present their game ticket. Simply show your game ticket to ride on regular Metro service, Metro Husky Football Park and Ride service and Metro Husky Special Football Bus Service. If you don't have your game ticket and plan to take a regular Metro bus or a Metro Husky Special Football bus, you will be required to pay each way.

On the return trip, passengers on regular Metro service or Metro Husky Special Football bus service show their game ticket stub. Metro Husky Football Park & Ride passengers do not have to show their game ticket stub-just board the bus and you're on your way!

Metro Husky Park and Ride Locations
Park your car for free and ride Metro buses directly to Husky Stadium from one of eight Park & Ride lots. (If you don't have your game ticket when boarding, be prepared to pay the two-way fare). Buses will begin boarding at Park & Ride lots two hours prior to kickoff, and will leave every 20 minutes or when they are full. Call 206/543-TIME to verify kickoff time.

The last bus will leave the lot about 45 minutes before kickoff and arrive at the stadium about five minutes before game time. (Exception: Last buses from the South Renton and Federal Way Park & Ride will leave 60 minutes prior to kickoff.)

* Shoreline Park & Ride-Aurora Ave. N/N. 192nd St. Located south of Aurora Village on Aurora Ave N (SR-99) at N. 192nd St.
* Kenmore Park & Ride-NE Bothell Way/73rd Ave. NE. Located on the north side of NE Bothell Way at 73rd Ave. NE in Kenmore.
* Northgate Park & Ride-5th Ave. NE/NE 112th St. Located one block north of Northgate Mall on 5th Ave. NE and NE 112th St.
* Houghton Park & Ride-116th Ave. NE/NE 70th St. Located east of I-405 (exit #17) on 116th Ave NE, south of NE 70th St.
* South Kirkland Park & Ride108th Ave. NE/NE 38th Place. Located north of SR-520. Take the SR-908/Kirkland exit.
* Eastgate Park & Ride-SE Eastgate Way/136th Ave. SE. Located north of I-90 on SE Eastgate Way between the I-405 and 148th Ave. SE interchanges.
* South Renton Park & Ride-S. Grady Way/Shattuck Ave S. Located east of SR-167 off of S. Grady Way and S. 7th St.
* Federal Way Park & Ride-S 320th St./I-5. Located west of I-% on S. 32oth St. Take exit #143 off I-5 to S. 320th.

Ferry Riders
Please walk to the following bus stop locations to board special "Husky Stadium" buses:
Northbound-1st Ave & Marion St.
Eastbound-4th Ave & Pike St.
Busses will leave these locations one hour and 10 minutes before kickoff. The last Husky Stadium bus will leave about 30 minutes before kickoff.

October 16, 2008

UW votes to advance stadium work
Not fully funded; money to be spent
By AMY ROLPH
P-I REPORTER

The nation's slumping economy and the state's budget woes won't stop the University of Washington from pressing forward with plans to overhaul crumbling and badly outdated Husky Stadium.

University regents voted Thursday to authorize negotiations with a contractor for the stadium, moving a giant and potentially expensive step toward the project's design phase. But regents acknowledged that it could be a risky move for the university, since funding for half of the project has yet to be obtained.

The UW wants to finance half of the $300 million project through private funding and the rest through public tourist tax revenue -- the same revenue that funded Qwest and Safeco fields. But the Legislature shut the tourism-tax idea down earlier this year, and it's not yet clear if lawmakers will be more receptive to the proposal in 2009 when they'll be staring at a projected $3.2 billion spending shortfall.

UW President Mark Emmert acknowledged the university risks a false start by plowing ahead with the pre-development phase of the project, for which the university has budgeted $3 million from the athletic department's funds.

"We're getting the cart ahead of the horse in that one sense," Emmert told regents Thursday.

"The funding is not fully in place for this," he said. "We're moving this process along so as not to lose time."

The university's plan is to start construction on the project at the end of next year. In order to keep on track, a development contract would be awarded in June.

Regent Sally Jewel pointed out that current economic conditions -- including the failing stock market and the state's projected multibillion-dollar deficit -- might make lawmakers unreceptive to extending the tax measure that would partially fund the project.

But newly appointed Athletic Director Scott Woodward said he is meeting regularly with legislators and other elected officials and feels good about his chances with the Legislature this year.

"It is a tough sell, but the Legislature is pretty liberal, and I'm preaching Keynesian economics now," Woodward said, referring to the theory that the state can stimulate economic growth by means of -- among a long list of other things -- government spending.

Woodward said Husky football draws thousands of visitors to the area, a boon for the local economy. And he thinks the project could mean 750 stable, construction-related jobs.

And Emmert argued that a time of economic downturn could mean a slump in other construction projects, meaning the cost could actually be lower for the university.

The UW plans to negotiate a contract with Hines, the international real estate firm that designed Petco Park in San Diego and the Toyota Center in Houston. If negotiations aren't successful, they will move to talks with the Seattle-based firm Nitze-Stagen.

Husky Stadium was built in 1920 and is one of the oldest college football facilities in the country.

Certain sections show obvious signs of decay and wear, such as cracks in the concrete and exposed wires.

WASHINGTON SEEKS STADIUM FUNDS AT RISK
January 15, 2009
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Seattle, Wash. - The University of Washington is trying to reallocate King County tourism taxes to help pay for a proposed $300 million renovation of Husky Stadium.

For the second year in a row, the University of Washington will ask Olympia to repurpose existing King County tourism taxes to pay for half of its proposed $300 million renovation of Husky Stadium. But, saddled with concerns over a $5.7 billion deficit, state lawmakers once again appear unlikely to put publicly-funded sports stadiums high on their agendas.

Rep. Ross Hunter, who co-chairs a joint task force commissioned to give the Legislature a recommendation on the proposal and others like it in King County, said the renovation is not his highest priority.

"It's very difficult right now because the national economy has gone to hell in a hand basket," Hunter said.

Hunter explained that cutting 13 percent from the UW's academic program while at the same time allotting $150 million for a new football stadium isn't very realistic.

The UW wants access to revenue from taxes already levied on King County hotels, motels, car rental facilities and restaurants to pay for the other half, which would cover safety and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) issues. The taxes are currently used to pay off the Kingdome, Qwest Field and Safeco Field.

Most agree that the stadium is dilapidated and needs some kind of refurbishment. Its crumbling lower bowl dates back to 1920, and the stadium itself needs work to meet seismic codes and the conditions of ADA.

The UW is hoping to break ground sometime this year in order to keep pace with Sound Transit, which will begin construction on an underground station very near Husky Stadium shortly. (The Daily of the University of Washington)

WASHINGTON GOVERNOR NOT HOPEFUL ABOUT STADIUM FUNDING
March 12, 2009
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures

Seattle, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire said Husky fans shouldn't keep their hopes up for an immediate fix to Husky Stadium, but Husky Athletic Director Scott Woodward believes he has a 50-50 shot, thanks in part to a senate bill filed by Ed Murray. If passed in current form it could allow King County to use existing taxes on mega projects like the stadium, or Seattle's KeyArena.

"We are hoping the Legislature gives King County Council the opportunity to pick these projects to do what we want," Woodward said. "It is a tough time. What a better time to have 7,000 jobs."

But Gregoire says Husky fans may want to temper their enthusiasm for the stadium plan. "I can't imagine this is the time to ask the people to invest in that, though it means jobs," she said.

Gregoire says the state's $8 billion deficit hurts any entity - like UW - looking for major money.

"We are in one of the worst economic times in the history of the state, so I don't know this legislative session is going be the answer to what Husky Stadium wants," she said.

State Sen. Ed Murray, who co-sponsored the bill, says Senate Bill 6116 would also help the arts community and with low income housing in King County if approved in its current form.

It now goes before the Senate Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Margarita Prentice of Renton, who already declared a Husky Stadium or KeyArena bill close to dead on arrival if it got to Olympia. (KING)

WASHINGTON LEGISLATURE GETS BILL FOR STADIUM UPGRADE
January 21, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

Olympia, Wash. - A bill has been filed in the Washington House of Representatives that would help fund upgrades to Husky Stadium at the University of Washington, but most believe that the bill has little chance of approval in the current economic climate.

The bill would allow King County to extend the same tourism tax that was used to fund Safeco Field and Qwest Field for other projects, such as a renovation of Husky Stadium. If the bill is approved, UW will then make a proposal to the county for a specific amount of funding.

"We just want them to have the authority to kick it to King County and then have the county make the decision, same approach as last year," said UW athletic director Scott Woodward. The price of renovating Husky Stadium has previously been set at $300 million and the Huskies had been seeking to get half of that from the Legislature/County. Woodward said that it's likely the price tag will come down by the time it would make a proposal to the County if this bill gets passed.

"Once we go to the County, if it gets to the County, then we will hopefully have value engineered the thing and gotten the costs savings down to where it's not $300 million but be $250 million or less," he said. "We haven't priced it specifically yet."

Woodward said the project is ready to go once the school gets funding and he's optimistic that if this bill is passed, that the County could then approve projects in time for UW to start its renovation after the 2010 season. If that happens, UW will play in Qwest Field in 2011.

Should this effort fail, Woodward said the Huskies will embark on a "Plan B," though he's not ready yet to say specifically what that will entail. It's no secret, however, that a major part of either effort will be hitting up large donors for money - either to complete the funding if public money comes, or kick start the effort if the public money doesn't come. And that effort has been ongoing for some time.

February 18, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

The University of Washington was excluded from legislation that could help fund upgrades to Husky Stadium. The bill, which allocates money from various tourist taxes, says the money can't be used to fund the stadium work. The legislation is now headed to the Senate.

March 11, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

A bill in the Washington legislature that could have provided funding for an expansion of Husky Stadium at the University of Washington is dead. It's the sixth year in a row that a bill to use funds that have gone for other venues has been put aside. The money is in its final years of retiring bonds needed for Safeco Field and Qwest Field. Once the bonds are paid, the $50 million in annual revenue will be available for other uses.

WASHINGTON MAY FUND STADIUM PROJECT ON ITS OWN
May 20, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

Seattle, Wash. - The University of Washington athletic department may try to undertake a $300 million renovation of Husky Stadium without legislative support.

The new plan is likely to be significantly cheaper - closer to $200 million. That's because the UW may delay constructing a new building for locker rooms and weight-training facilities.

It will also save money because bond rates and construction costs are lower due to the economic downturn, said former Gov. Dan Evans, who chairs the Husky Stadium advisory committee.

"We want it to be as cheap as possible," said UW athletic director Scott Woodward. "We are going to be as creative as we can to make that happen."

Under the new plan, the UW would also have to generate more money. That likely means more premium seating and all sorts of other entrepreneurial ideas - everything from new vendors to the possibility of selling naming rights.

Evans said he doesn't much like the idea of a new corporate name, but he has to be open to the possibility.

"There's strong opinions about whether or not you put somebody's name on the field, but that may be part of the whole package," said UW President Mark Emmert at a meeting of the Board of Regents.

The UW is giving developers just six weeks - until July 1 - to come back with their ideas. That's because ideally the university wants to start construction immediately after the 2010 season and complete the renovations in time for the 2012 season. The plan is to have the team play at Qwest Field in 2011.

"This time we aren't just asking for the lowest bid," Evans said. "We may end up taking one that's higher priced but has more revenue-raising possibilities."

Evans said the basic elements of the remodel remain: replacing the lower seating bowl, removing and relocating the athletic track to allow seating closer to the playing field, lowering the field about seven feet, and renovating the stands.

The request for proposals the UW will send out will still include a new football operations building, Evans said, although that part of the project may be pushed back.

Evans said the UW hopes to raise about $50 million in gifts to help pay for the project - a number of donors have already been "softened up" he said - and would issue bonds to cover the rest of the cost. The new facility would have to generate enough income to pay back the bonds.

The downside for many fans is that more premium seating likely will mean less seating at regular prices.

Husky Stadium has a capacity of 72,500, making it the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwest. Built in 1920, the stadium has been expanded several times over the years. But lately it has been in need of a seismic and cosmetic upgrades. In recent years, pieces of the stadium have crumbled, including a section of steps that collapsed and fell about six feet.

WASHINGTON PICKS TEAM FOR STADIUM WORK
August 12, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

Seattle, Wash. - The University of Washington announced it has selected Wright Runstad & Company of Seattle as the developer for the renovation of Husky Stadium, with a projected cost of $250 million, according to the Seattle Times.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin after the 2011 season, the school said.

Wright Runstad & Company of Seattle was chosen over two other companies that had also bid. The school said the company's bid was nearly $30 million less than the No. 2 proposal.

The school announced that the selection, made by the Husky Stadium Advisory Committee, will go before UW president Mark Emmert for final approval before the university begins the process of ratifying an official predevelopment agreement with the development team.

If all goes as planned, Washington would finish the 2011 season at Husky Stadium, play at Qwest Field in 2012 and return to a renovated Husky Stadium in 2013, it was reported.

Washington has been attempting to renovate Husky Stadium, originally built in 1920, for more than a decade. It has not had any significant work done since a North upper deck added 13,000 seats in 1987.

A news release said plans include the complete demolition and reconstruction of the lower bowl and south upper stands. The track will be removed, and the field lowered four feet to bring seating closer to the playing surface and improve sightlines.

The statement also said a state-of-the-art football-operations facility - including team meeting rooms, recruiting facilities and coaches offices - will be incorporated into the west end of the stadium. Premium seating opportunities, including 25 luxury suites, 25 loge boxes and more than 2,500 club seats, will be built into the facility. Overall seating capacity is expected to remain similar to the current capacity of 72,500.

"After careful analysis and evaluation of all the submissions, the RFP Selection Committee has unanimously decided that Wright Runstad's proposal provides the best overall value for the project," UW athletic director Scott Woodward said in a statement.

The release said that the committee's decision was based on several factors, including project cost, potential for future revenue and the experience of the development team. Cost was the biggest factor.

The school said that the development team features Wright Runstad & Company as the lead developer, 360 Architecture for design, Turner Construction Company for building and MKA for structural and civil needs. MKA worked on Qwest Field, among several other local projects.

October 7, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

The University of Washington announced it will play the 2012 football season at Qwest Field in Seattle while Husky Stadium is renovated.

REGENTS APPROVE HUSKY STADIUM PLAN
December 2, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

Seattle, Wash. - The University of Washington Board of Regents cleared the way for a $250 million renovation of Husky Stadium, voting to approve a plan that would pay for the work with private donations and increases in ticket prices, the Seattle Times reported.

Although the money is being privately raised, the project will draw on a $210 million loan from the school's internal lending program, which also is used to finance other building projects on campus, the Times said.

Athletic department officials described the stadium renovation as a conservative plan that would still work even if the university couldn't raise any more than the $14.5 million in private donations that has already been pledged.

Students, meanwhile, say they're disappointed that the planned renovation moves them out of their premium seats at the 50-yard line and into the west end zone.

Stadium construction is scheduled to begin Nov. 7, 2011, with the Huskies playing the 2011 Apple Cup and all 2012 games in Qwest Field downtown before returning to Husky Stadium in 2013. Earlier this year, the development contract was awarded to Wright Runstad of Seattle.

The stadium will have 25 luxury suites, 25 loge boxes and more than 2,500 club seats, which Athletic Director Scott Woodward called "key to the project."

No prices have been announced yet, but the UW says it will charge significantly more for the premium seats, which will amount to about 5 percent of the total seating of about 72,000. The total number of seats will be similar to the overall capacity of the current stadium.

The Times said the university is hoping to raise $50 million in private money over the next five years, but much of the money to repay the loan over the next 30 years would come from higher ticket prices, especially from the sale of premium seats.

The athletic department will also try to raise money by selling naming rights for various parts of the stadium - $50 million to name the field, for example, or $500,000 to $1 million for each of the four plaza areas.

There are no plans to sell the name of the stadium itself - it will always be Husky Stadium, Woodward said.

WASHINGTON RENOVATION WILL ADD PREMIUM SEATS
February 24, 2011
Copyright 2011 MediaVentures

Seattle, Wash. - The renovation of Husky Stadium will result in many new premium seating options, the revenue from which will be needed to pay for the $250 million project, according to the Seattle Times.

Options include approximately 25 luxury suites, 25 loge boxes and 2,500 premium covered seats on the south side of the stadium. Premium seats likely will come with a season price of about $3,000, and holders of those tickets may be allowed to purchase alcohol for the first time in Husky Stadium.

These options will allow the university to nearly double the amount of revenue it receives from ticket sales Š from $23 million in 2010 to a projected $41 million in 2013.

Athletic-department officials say they have not settled on prices for the 2013 season. They do not plan to announce pricing for those tickets, and for the games that will be played in Qwest Field in 2012, until this fall.

But planning documents suggest premium seats initially could go for between $2,000 and $3,000 per seat, a price that includes both a Tyee Club donation and the cost of a season ticket. Tyee Club members could pay $1,000 or more Š including both a donation and the cost of a ticket Š for seats near the 50-yard line. Regular-season ticket prices could increase approximately $20 per game.

About 6 percent of the new stadium's seating will be made up of premium seats, a percentage that's lower than the 10 percent figure at most other schools, Jennifer Cohen the school's senior associate athletic director for development, told the Times. But those premium seats will account for $6 million annually in new revenue Š in effect, paying for a significant chunk of the $15 million the school must raise each year to pay off the stadium bonds that will be sold to finance the project.

Still, the average ticket price in 2013 would be lower than at most Pacific-10 Conference schools, UW officials estimate.

A suite, which would seat as many as 25 people, would be the most expensive option, costing between $35,000 and $75,000 per year and requiring a five- to 10-year commitment.

$50 MILLION BUYS NAMING RIGHTS AT HUSKY STADIUM
June 30, 2011
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Seattle, Wash. - The University of Washington has priced naming rights for the field at Husky Stadium at $50 million, according to the Seattle Times.

For $50 million, an individual, family or foundation would have its name on the field at Husky Stadium "in perpetuity," the school says.

If no one bites, the school will turn to corporations for possible shorter-term naming-rights deals for the field at a price to be determined. The school says it will not sell the name of the stadium itself.

Jennifer Cohen, UW's senior associate athletic director for development, told the Times the price of the naming opportunity for the field, the stadium's central feature, was in line with a university policy that applies to libraries or any other building on campus Š roughly 50 percent of the cost of the structure. Putting names of donors on buildings is a common means for universities to fund capital projects, in athletics or otherwise.

The school is also offering naming opportunities for many other aspects of the renovation, such as the Football Operations Building, which is the next priciest at $10 million.

Cohen said the school has raised about $10 million in various naming opportunities. That includes $2 million from former Huskies lineman Joe Ryan, a Wenatchee native who lettered in 1962-63, for the field tunnel, and about 30 stadium-tunnel entrances at $100,000 each.

WASHINGTON LAUNCHES STADIUM CAMPAIGN
August 11, 2011
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Seattle, Wash. - While the construction won't begin until the first week in November, the Olympian said the University of Washington is already thinking about the new Husky Stadium it plans to open before the 2013 season.

The school announced its "Drive for Husky Stadium" campaign complete with the launching of a new website, www.huskystadium.com.

The new stadium will still seat about 70,000 fans with 21,000 premium seats for donors.

The rebuilt stadium will have luxury suites - 25 of them renting for $60,000 per year. There will also be 30 outdoor patio suites along with Club Husky - a 2,500-person club with a lounge area with upgraded concessions and two bars.

The track around the field will be removed, bringing fans closer to the field. The first row at the 50-yard line will be 44 feet from the sideline. The distance currently is 72 feet because of the track.

Washington Huskies

Denny Field
Denny Field
1895-1920
Husky Stadium
Husky Stadium

1920-2011
CenturyLink Field
CenturyLink Field

2012
Husky Stadium
Husky Stadium

2012-Future

Seattle Seahawks

Kingdome
Kingdome

1976-1993
Husky Stadium
Husky Stadium

1994
Kingdome
Kingdome

1994-1999
Husky Stadium
Husky Stadium

2000-2001
CenturyLink Field
CenturyLink Field

2002-Present


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