Top-10 Reasons to Fix Husky Stadium

Former Governor Dan Evans is heading the committee charged with the design and funding of the proposed fix of Husky Stadium. While there are plenty of challenges, they are making good progress and he remains optimistic. Recently he drafted a list of the top-10 reasons to fix Husky Stadium and submitted it to the committee. The facts are compelling and the building sure needs the attention.

With a preliminary agreement with the Seahawks for use of Qwest Field in 2010, the university is looking to begin on the project at the immediate conclusion of the 2009 season. The renovation would take approximately 20 months to complete.
Top-10 Reasons to Fix Husky Stadium
1. Husky Stadium is the oldest and largest stadium in the Northwest
and deemed one of the 10 best places in the nation to watch football.

2. The Stadium's lower bowl at age 88 has reached the end of its
useful life and is increasingly costly to maintain.

3. The use of public funds to rebuild a public facility is a century-
old state policy.

4. Husky Stadium falls far short of meeting modern American
Disability Act (ADA) standards and needs substantial renovation.

5. The proposed private investment of $150 million would be the
largest private donation for any public building in Washington State's

6. The public tax sources requested are derived substantially from
visitors. Husky Stadium football attendance by out-of-state visitors
provides more tax revenue than the Seahawks at Qwest Field.

7. The tax sources requested are not available until 2013 at the
earliest and thus are not available for other operating purposes in the
2009 -- 2011 biennium.

8. Current levels of stadium reserved taxes will be retained. Some
taxes would be extended but none would be raised. These taxes are
collected only in King County.

9. The project is currently under design and will be ready for
groundbreaking in November 2009. This would allow completion before
Sound Transit is fully engaged in constructing University Station
(immediately adjacent to Husky Stadium).

10. Economic recovery in Washington State depends on our willingness to
invest in job producing permanent improvements. Renovation of Husky
Stadium would be an immediate and large contributor to job creation.
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Thanks to Dan Evans, Jr. for his help. Top Stories