Why are you renovating Husky Stadium?
There are several key reasons for the renovation. Husky Stadium currently faces some significant safety concerns and operational challenges which need to be fixed. In order to keep Husky Stadium fully functional and safe, we need to address these concerns and challenges.
Husky Stadium has historically been known as one of the finest college football venues in the country. A scenic landscape on the banks of Lake Washington and its iconic structure have made Husky Stadium one of the most unique football settings in America. However, in order to maintain that reputation, continue to attract top-caliber recruits, and provide our fanbase with a first-class college football experience, we need to renovate the facility.
It is also important to remember that the football program at UW generates the majority of the department's revenue. The Husky Stadium renovation is a long-term investment which will benefit all student-athletes at the University of Washington.
What is the general scope of the project?
While design details are still being finalized, we do know quite a bit about the scope of the project. Highlights of the renovation include:
- The lower bowl and southside stands (originally constructed in 1950) will be completely demolished and reconstructed.
- Premium seating opportunities, including suites, loge boxes, and club seating will be added to the facility.
- A state-of-the-art football operations building, including team meeting rooms, recruiting facilities and coaches offices will be incorporated into the west end of the stadium.
- The field will be lowered approximately four feet to bring seating closer to the playing surface and improve sightlines.
- The track will be removed and relocated to another site on-campus.
What will it cost?The estimated project cost of the Husky Stadium Renovation is $250 million.
How will the renovation be funded?The athletic department will fund the project through a combination of a philanthropic gifts, and new annual revenues including premium seating, Tyee Club donations and season tickets.
How much will season tickets cost?
Our staff is working right now to identify price points for seating the renovated stadium. Pricing for premium seating will be released in the fall of 2011.
- Fall 2010 - Fall 2013: Major gift and naming rights solicitation
- November 2011: Goal: $25 million in major gift pledges
- Fall 2011: Pricing models announced for premium seating donor seating
- May 14, 2010: Request for Proposal re-issued
- July 14, 2010: Deadline for proposal submissions
- August 6, 2010: Wright Runstad & Co. selected as development team
- November 18, 2010: UW Board of Regents approves project
- November 7, 2011: Groundbreaking
- 2012 Football Season: Season played at Qwest Field
- August 31, 2013: Grand Opening game vs. Boise State
Have a question about the Husky Stadium Renovation? Send an email to Husky Athletics.