Continuing with the unveiling of information on the Husky Stadium renovation today, below is some video of senior associate athletic director O.D. Vincent presenting to the media something of a virtual tour of the new stadium.
Most of the information you may need is included on their new website — HuskyStadium.com.
Here are a few other key points made in the presentation to the media today:
— They have raised $42 million of the $50 million in private money needed by the end of the renovation. The rest of the $250 million price — which hasn’t changed — will be raised from the stadium itself. UW athletic director Scott Woodward said he was “very confident” that the money will be raised.
— Donation and suite prices were unveiled today and are on the web site. Luxury suites will be $60,000. Regular season ticket prices will be revealed in October. However, Woodward said they will not increase appreciably and the school said again today that while some prices will be higher, some will actually be lower than they are now. Woodward said the regular ticket prices would likely increase 5-15 percent but said they any thought that they might double or triple in price is incorrect. “That’s not going to happen,” he said.
— The website shows the new student section in the end zone, moved from the current 50-yard-line. UW officials say the move is needed to increase the number of premium seats, which help pay for the renovation privately and not use student fees or other public money. Woodward said, adding that prices of student ticket prices could be less initially than they are now. “Are they moving off the 50-yard-line and is that a little hard? Of course it is,” he said. “I would be lying if I didn’t tell you I would be upset if I were a student. But if you look at the whole picture that you are progressing and moving forward in a positive way, they are really getting a bonzana in my opinion.”
— Capacity will be right in the 70,000 range. About 21,000 of the seats will be premium/donor. The rest will be available to the general public.
— A pricing structure for the 2012 season at CenturyLink Field should be available in October.
— Woodward insisted the price of the renovation will not go up. He said prices for items such as steel and concrete were locked in and any increases would be assumed by the developer.
— They said the stadium has been constructed in terms of sound similar to CenturyLink Field, and that they anticipate it “being louder” than Husky Stadium is today.
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