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June 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Husky Stadium

Demolition more beneficial than renovation

Why not move all of the Husky football games to Qwest Field? [“Try, try again to fix Husky Stadium,” Sports, June 2]

This makes economic sense. Husky Stadium can be torn down, saving on the planned renovation. The stadium area could be used for expansion of the medical school, like the Mission Bay campus that is being built at University of California, San Francisco, or become a home for global health and biomedical companies.

The UW medical schools took in more than $1 billion in donations in 2008. Cost estimates for the renovation of Husky Stadium range from $150 to $450 million, or $600 million for a new stadium. There are seven home games planned for this season — at the $150 million estimate, that’s $21 million per game year one! What a waste.

A number of major universities with outstanding athletic programs do not have a football stadium on campus. UCLA and USC both play their home football games in the Rose Bowl and the Los Angeles Coliseum. The University of Pittsburgh uses Heinz Field. Miami plays in the Orange Bowl. These are just a few examples UW should follow.

Doesn’t this make sense?

— Joseph A. Sasenick, Seattle

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