Washington athletic director Scott Woodward told reporters Monday the renovation of Husky Stadium is "on time and on budget and that's music to my ears."
Further, as the Seattle Times reported, the school has nearly reached its fundraising goal of $50 million for before the project is completed in advance of the 2013 season. It already has raised $48.5 million.
This also is interesting:
Also, [UW's associate athletic director for operations and capital projects Chip Lydum] said today there is no exact number set yet for capacity, though it will likely be right around 70,000. That's officially less than the listed capacity of 72,500 of the old stadium. But officials note some of those were obstructed view, which won't be the case in the new stadium. "There will be many more better seats than we have currently,'' Woodward said.
Washington will play at CenturyLink Field, the Seattle Seahawks home stadium, next year while the renovation is ongoing. Woodward also said that, despite playing downtown and away from campus, season ticket sales are brisk.
Woodward also reported that UW is at a 95 percent renewal rate for season tickets for next year at CenturyLink Field which he said is "incredible.'' He said he thought there would be more falloff with some fans not wanting to go to CenturyLink for the year. "I was doubtful, but proven wrong,'' he said. UW sold 42,500 last season.
There is no reason that CenturyLink can't feel like a big-time home-field advantage for the Huskies, even if they are away from their home turf. If they can consistently draw 60,000 next fall (capacity is 67,000) -- the Huskies averaged 62,531 in 2011 -- visitors won't feel terribly comfortable. CenturyLink is one of the loudest NFL stadiums.