Seattle news for Huskies and Cougs

Two news items coming out of Seattle today, other than UCLA's visit to Washington.

First, Washington's board of regents approved a $250 million renovation of Husky Stadium on Thursday that will be completed by the start of the 2013 football season, according to a press release from the school, which added "the renovation’s funding model includes no public, state or university contributions, and the UW department of Intercollegiate Athletics will be responsible for all funding."

Also from the release: "Plans include the complete demolition and reconstruction of the lower bowl and southside upper stands. The track will be removed, and the field lowered four feet to bring seating closer to the playing surface and improve sightlines. A state-of-the-art football operations facility including team meeting rooms, recruiting facilities and coaches offices will be incorporated into the west side of the stadium. Premium seating opportunities, including 25 suites, 25 loge boxes, and over 2,500 club seats, will be built into the facility. Overall seating capacity is expected to remain similar to the current capacity."

Second, Washington State announced it will play its 2011 game against Oregon State at Qwest Field in Seattle. The game will be played Oct. 22.

Last year Washington State announced its 2011 game against UNLV would be played at Qwest Field. That game will now be played Sept. 10 in Martin Stadium.

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