The Washington Huskies played out a relatively disappointing 2012 season in the Seattle Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field. The upcoming 2013 season gives them a chance to improve upon last season in their newly renovated home, Husky Stadium.
The entire $250 million renovation project will be privately funded. A full $50 million has come directly out of the pockets of big-time athletic department boosters. The other $200 million will be paid off as part of a 30-year debt service. The school is planning on raising $14.3 million per year through new annual revenues associated with the stadium. Such examples of “new annual revenues” include naming rights, increased season ticket revenue, and premium seating opportunities. HuskyStadium.com provides several details as to what has actually change and what remains untouched.
- Premium seating program with luxury suites, patio suites and Club Husky
- Track removed and the field lowered (4 feet) and shifted north (about 7 feet) to optimize seat values and sightlines
- Football operations support building housing locker rooms, weight rooms, team meeting rooms, recruiting lounges, player lounges and coaches offices integrated into the west end zone
- Complete demolition and reconstruction of the lower bowl and the south side stands
- Renovation of the Don James Center
- 200-stall parking garage constructed below the south bowl and stands
- Permanent east end zone seating
- Large landscaped plazas and grounds with no perimeter fencing
What’s not changing:
- The unique acoustics of the stadium with its cantilever roofs that traps noise and for decades has made Husky Stadium one of the loudest and most intimidating experiences in college football.
- The breathtakingly Northwest setting on the shores of Lake Washington, with views of the snow-capped Cascade mountains, the Olympic mountains and downtown Seattle visible from the north upper deck.
Here is a first look at the renovated stadium from field level and the team enjoying a practice in its renovated home.
[Photos via Imgur]