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A huge thank you to the inspiration behind the grand, new Husky Stadium

Through all that the grand renovation of Husky Stadium has created – seats closer to the field, unprecedented luxury seating, a giant video board, a remarkably efficient football operations center and more – the Huskies and their designers have kept their focus constant.

On you, the fan.

Husky fans are the ones making this $281 million work for UW. The athletic department is funding the project through $52 million in private donations – a mark it just passed this week that is $2 million more than its initial goal. The rest of the project’s debt is being paid for by revenues coming out of the new stadium. That’s from season-ticket sales, Tyee Club donations, single-game sales, concession sales.

IN RECOGNITION: The University of Washington Department of Intercollegiate Athletics would like to thank those who contributed over $25,000 to The Drive for Husky Stadium. The project would not have succeed without the vision and generosity of the individuals listed here

That’s from you, the fan.

Husky Athletics received 148 donations of $25,000 and up for the stadium’s renovation through the Drive for Husky Stadium campaign. The UW Board of Regents approved the project with the requirement of such funding before digging began in November 2011, and those 148 donors stepped up in a huge way to kick start the project.

In addition, the annual Tyee donations associated with football are now more than double what they were in 2011, the Huskies’ last season in Husky Stadium before renovations began.

Fans can now show off their ownership of the stadium in ways they have never been able to before this season.

UW’s athletic department set seven basic priorities to guide the stadium’s renovation. Enhancing the fan’s in-game experience was at the top.

Ticket holders are now anywhere from 45 feet (on the sidelines) to more than 100 feet (in the west end zone) closer to the field in new Husky Stadium, thanks to the removal of the old track from around the field. The 31-foot-by-108-foot Husky Hi Def video board will bring replays and game features to life like never before. The concourses and concession areas are new and modern – and stadium concessions now take credit cards. There are more than 100 more women’s bathrooms now than there were in the old stadium.

The luxury suites, Club Husky and the patio suites along the south sidelines, the remodeled Don James Center along the north sidelines and the new Touchdown Terrace field-level suites immediately beyond the east end zone provide unprecedented, premium experiences to watch Husky home games.

From the crucial financial support in the first days of the project through 70,000-plus in full roar at Saturday’s sold-out opener, the fan has been at the forefront of new Husky Stadium.

“This is everybody’s project,” said Jennifer Cohen, UW’s senior associate athletic director for development.

“Our fans own it.”

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