Sept. 30, 2010
SEATTLE - The University of Washington announced plans to play the 2012 home football season at Qwest Field during the renovation of Husky Stadium. The move is a result of an agreement between the university and First and Goal, the developer and operator of Qwest Field & Event Center. The Huskies will return home to campus for the 2013 season.
"We are thrilled to provide a first-class venue to our fans during the Husky Stadium renovation," Scott Woodward, UW director of athletics, said. "First and Goal has been a terrific partner and we appreciate their flexibility and assistance. It is a luxury to have a world-class facility as our home-away-from-home only four miles from campus."
The move will provide Husky fans with amenities similar to what they will return to in the renovated Husky Stadium for the 2013 season. Plans are contingent upon UW's Board of Regents approval of the Husky Stadium renovation project, and also assume that UW will continue meeting philanthropic fundraising targets set in the project timeline.
In addition to the 2012 season, UW announced that Qwest will host the currently-scheduled 2011 Apple Cup game against Washington State, providing the conference expansion does not change the date of the game. Moving the game off campus will allow the Husky Stadium renovation to begin earlier and ensure completion by the start of the 2013 season. UW officials also estimate saving $3 million in construction costs by starting the project earlier.
"Ensuring that our fans are back in a renovated Husky Stadium for the 2013 season was priority number one for us," Woodward said. "When we found out that accelerating the ground-breaking would save us an additional $3 million, it became clear that moving the 2011 Apple Cup to Qwest is the right thing to do."
First and Goal will serve as the host of the 2011 Apple Cup, pricing and consigning tickets to UW to sell with first priority to their season ticket holders. Any unsold tickets will then be returned to First and Goal, who will open sales to the general public and assume any financial risk associated with hosting the game. The other six UW home games in the 2011 season will be played at Husky Stadium.
UW's 2012 home season in Qwest provides a different financial arrangement, with the university pricing, allocating and selling all season and single-game tickets and providing a fee to First and Goal for usage costs associated with the event.
First and Goal has a longstanding relationship with the University of Washington, which was strengthened when the Seattle Seahawks used Husky Stadium for the 2000 and 2001 seasons during the construction of Qwest Field. Qwest Field is located just 3.9 miles from the UW campus.