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April 19, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Apple Cup at Qwest Field

Move all games, save on renovation

What a great idea [“Apple Cup on the move?” Sports, April 16]. It will generate school revenue of $2 million each versus $240,000 to $800,000.

Why not move all of the Husky football games to Qwest Field? This makes economic sense. Can they tear down Husky Stadium and save on the planned renovation? The stadium area could be used for expansion.

Cost estimates for the renovation of Husky Stadium range from $150- 600 million for a new stadium. There are seven home games planned for this season. The $150 million estimate equals $21 million per game the first year! What a waste.

Tear it down, use Qwest Field for the home games and use the land at Husky Stadium for university expansion. Doesn’t this make sense?

— Joseph A. Sasenick, Seattle

Is tradition irrelevant?

So, the Apple Cup deal is about money? Seriously, from a financial perspective the Cougs have been bankrupt for 30 years. They play in the smallest stadium, rarely on TV, in the coldest weather, 70 miles from the airport and a world away from big recruits. They go .500 if we’re lucky and cash the financial windfall of the Sun Bowl every fourth year.

Nobody would argue that it has ever been about money. It is about forcing teams to play in a place that they hate, giving away 45 points, and winning by two in the ice and wind.

If tradition is irrelevant, maybe they should just play in Husky Stadium for six years and actually wear Husky uniforms. Or better yet, put Obama and a spotted owl on the helmet and play at Berkley.

If they want money this way, they can’t have any more of mine.

— Eric Meyer, Tempe, Ariz.

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