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November 30, 2006 at 4:24 PM

Turner unveils stadium hopes

Washington athletic director Todd Turner met with the media for about 45 minutes today to display a wish list of goals for revamping the school’s athletic facilities.
At the center of it all is Husky Stadium, and for the first time, the school made public a few of the conceptual drawings of a possible renovation as produced by HOK Sport.
You can find those here.
What’s important to realize, however, is that this is all just a grand design with nothing set in stone.
UW has yet to raise one center toward this project, and, in fact, hasn’t even decided yet how to best go about raising money for it. Turner said among the possibilities is selling naming rights to the stadium. He said it would likely remain Husky Stadium, but the school could follow the lead of what it did with Edmundson Pavilion and call it “such and such field at Husky Stadium.”
There are also a lot of complicating factors — namely, the 520 Bridge project and a SoundTransit station set to be built off the Southwest corner of the parking lot. The SoundTransit project is scheduled to begin in late 2008 or early 2009 and won’t be finished until 2014. Turner said he would like to have work on Husky Stadium be concurrent with the SoundTransit project. But it seems to be asking a lot for major renovation to begin by 2008 given where the funding is right now.
“This is more about the possibilities than how we are going to do it and when they are going to occur,” Turner said.
All sorts of possibilities for the stadium were raised — taking out the track and putting it around the soccer stadium, lowering the field, adding permanent seats to the east end zone, adding football offices off the west end zone, adding a deck to the west end zone, etc. What’s unlikely to occur, however, is increasing the capacity of the stadium by any big number.
But again, there’s a lot to work through with the other projects involved and the raising of the money necessary. Turner didn’t want to volunteer any dollar figure saying it would be premature, though he did say it could be from “zero to hundreds of millions.”
It will also likely be phased, possibly taking “two decades” to complete it all.
Still, for those hoping for a renovated Husky Stadium, today was at least a first step, if a small one.

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