The University of Washington is officially rolling out a lot of material today on the renovation of Husky Stadium, including a web site devoted to the renovation — HuskyStadium.com.
Obviously there’s a lot of interest in this topic as the school notes that “due to an unexpectedly high volume of traffic, HuskyStadium.com has been experiencing occasional server space issues. We appreciate your patience as we work through launch-day complications.”
Here’s the official release on the rollout today:
SEATTLE – University of Washington athletic department officials introduced “The Drive For Husky Stadium” campaign, Wednesday, including the launch of HuskyStadium.com, a website dedicated to providing information about the Husky Stadium renovation.
“The Drive For Husky Stadium is about more than a construction project and more than a capital fundraising campaign,” Jen Cohen, Senior Associate Athletic Director, said. “It’s about Husky fans coming together during a time of change to make sure that Washington Football remains in its rightful place of prominence among the NCAA’s elite programs.”
The campaign will carry fans through a transition year at CenturyLink Field and into a vastly-enhanced gameday experience in a renovated Husky Stadium. HuskyStadium.com provides details of the renovation’s improvements through a 360-degree virtual venue system. The site also offers users the first intricate look at the stadium’s premium seating offerings and allows interested parties to place deposits on premium opportunities including 25 luxury suites, 30 patio suites, and 2,500 seats in Club Husky. Information on seat pricing and Tyee Club donation levels for the 2013 season are also provided on the site.
The renovation’s financial model calls for $50 million of the project’s overall $250 million price tag to be raised through philanthropic giving. Department officials have confirmed that $42 million of that target has already been raised. The remaining $200 million is to be financed through 30-year-bonds, and will be covered by new annual revenues associated with the stadium including new premium seating opportunities, increased Tyee Club donations, new ticket revenues and naming rights. The entire project will be financed privately by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, with the funding model calling for no money from the state or the university.
Department officials, along with stadium project managers and architects are available to answer stadium and campaign-related questions from the public in a live, online chat at GoHuskies.com beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday.