The $250 million question is still lingering for the University of Washington. That isn’t slowing the university from moving forward with its plans to renovate Husky Stadium by the fall of 2013.
The University of Washington put out photos and a video showing the plan for a renovated Husky Stadium on Thursday. As previously announced, developer Wright Runstad & Co. will be the primary handler of the renovation.
The school says the $250 million necessary for the renovation will come from the following sources: 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.
Here’s a video flyover showing what the plan would look like in the end:
Highlights of the renovation plan:
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.
The timeline for the renovation is as follows:
Fall 2010 – Fall 2013: Major gift and naming rights solicitation
March 2011: Goal: $25 million in major gift pledges
Fall 2011: Pricing models announced premium seating and club 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
Late 2011: Groundbreaking
2012 Football Season: Season held off campus
Fall 2013: Grand opening
The school is planning on playing the 2012 season at Qwest Field. How much a ticket will cost in the renovated Husky Stadium is yet to be determined.