Husky Stadium Rebuild On-Time and On-Target

In a 20-minute Q&A session, Scott Woodward, gave the local media an update on the progress of the Husky Stadium rebuild. While it was an informal event, we did get some quotes on several subjects that fans have been wondering, so read on to find out what he had to say...

What lies ahead in the near future - The framing for the upper-deck of the south stands will all be in place in the next two weeks (the first three trusses took two days to install). In total, there are 11 trusses that need to be installed.

"We'll continue to develop the south stands, both the interior and the exterior, and then we'll begin the construction of the interior of the Football Operations center, probably at the beginning of November," Woodward noted.

As far as the Football Operations Center is concerned, Washington's will be 83,000 square feet and the top floor will be for coaches offices and meeting rooms, while the lower floor will have the weight room, locker room, equipment and medical facilities, as well as training facilities.

The "Recruiting Lounge" something that almost every big-time program has, will be right in the center of the stands in the west endzone, next to head coach Steve Sarkisian's office.

Woodward was hesitant to go too far into detail since there is still a lot that needs to happen, but it's safe to say that it will be state-of-the-art and top-of-the-line when it is completed.

What can fans expect - Because the old Husky Stadium was constructed in 1920 and it's original capacity was 30,000 seats, over the past 90 years, they have added two grandstands and and 42,000 seats. It also meant that, in the modern world of stadium amenities, Husky Stadium was woefully behind everyone else

That is all changing however.

With the remodel, Washington will add quite a few amenities and, first and foremost, it will be fan-friendly.

"It's going to be fan amenities -- audio visual, seat comfort and sight--lines -- they're going to be so much better," Woodward noted. "You'll be so much closer to the action and you will be very advantaged from that standpoint.

"There will be more bathrooms, better concessions, more access to the stadium and from a logistics standpoint, it's going to be easier to operate."

Another thing that fans are interested in is the capacity of the rebuilt Husky Stadium. Before the teardown, seating capacity was 72,000, however, many of those seats weren't usable and that will change after completion of the project although the official capacity will drop to about 70,000.

"If we're not right on that number, we'll be very close," Woodward acknowledged. "As I've said, if you take out the view-obstructed seats, we'll be over capacity of what we've had here at Husky Stadium because there were a lot of view-obstructed seats that frankly I'm not wild in selling to the public. It's not really a great seat. You couldn't see anything."

Fundraising - Woodward wouldn't go into specifics, but said the fundraising has surpassed their expectations and that they are continuing to fundraise with the expectation that a public announcement would happen in the near future.

So far the construction project has spent $99.96 million of the $250 allotted. Woodward said that the project's cost is actually $261 million when you factor in the sports medicine facility and they also have the ability to go 10 percent above budget for improvements.

The naming rights for the field are still up for bid and they are taking those right now.

Completion date and timeline - As noted above, the Football Operations Center is the next area to be completed in the project.

They are 41 days away from the half-way point of the renovation (October 4th) and 372 days away from the Boise State opener (August 31th of 2013).

The field turf will be installed in June of 2013 and the expectation is that the stadium will be able to be used for fall camp next year. Top Stories