UDub Debuts New, Improved Husky Stadium During Game Against Boise State
- Sep 06, 2013
By Alex Girda, Associate Editor
As autumn arrives, it is time to kick off every collegiate sport imaginable and throw on the war paint of your alma mater. But in order to do that, you need a venue, and the University of Washington has just unveiled its completely re-imagined Husky Stadium. The massive $280 million investment has already hosted its opening game, a 38-6 thrashing of the Boise State Broncos by the Washington Huskies. The newly re-opened football stadium has received very positive feedback from those participating at the event, The Seattle Times writes.
The 72,500 capacity that the venue had prior to its two-year renovation was slightly reduced to 70,138 seats, but the facility underwent a series of improvements. Developer Wright Runstad & Co. handled the massive project, in its first stadium project. According to The Puget Sound Business Journal, the company undertook such a gargantuan task because back in 2010, when the application process for Husky Stadium originally began, it promised a consistent revenue stream at a time when development was slow and allowed the office developer to carry on its side projects. Wright Runstad had the help of experienced general contractor Turner Construction, a seasoned veteran in developing collegiate athletic facilities, and architecture firm 360 Architects.
The process has modified a number of features at the stadium, beginning with the complete overhaul of the stands and lower bowl, all affected by years of wear and tear. The renovation process has turned Husky Stadium into UDub’s largest single capital project in the history of the institution. The venue is the new centerpiece of a wholly revised athletic district, which also includes the Husky Ballpark, a new soccer stadium, basketball operations and practice facility, and the new Husky Legends Center, as well as a series of other renovation projects.