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Husky Stadium roof tumbles down in demolition

December 20th, 2011 by master

If you were near Husky Stadium today, you may have heard the incredible sound of the south stadium overhang crashing down:

It’s all part of the ongoing demolition of much of the facility to make way for a new $250 million stadium, which is scheduled to reopen in summer of 2013.

You can keep track of the work at the stadium via these live webcams.

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Husky Football, NE 45th Street Viaduct work could cause traffic tie-ups

October 12th, 2011 by master

With Husky Football on Saturday and SDOT work on Sunday, U-District drivers should plan ahead if they want to avoid sitting in traffic this weekend.

UW Husky Marching Band plays Greek Row

The first event to watch out for starts at  8:45 p.m. this Friday when the UW Husky Marching Band will march from campus through Greek Row. They’ll cross NE 45th Street to head north along 21st Avenue NE, turn west on NE 47th Street, south on 17th Avenue NE and then cross NE 45th Street again to get back to campus. Exect the roads around the route to be closed from 8:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.

UW Husky Football

On Saturday, October 15 some 70,000 UW Football fans will make their way in and out of Husky Stadium to watch the Huskies’ first Pac-12 conference game of the season against the Colorado Buffaloes. The game starts at 12:30 and will run to about 3:30 or 4 p.m.. Expect heavy traffic near the stadium as the crowd leaves. While it’s not likely to add to any traffic woes on game day, WSDOT is also planning to close the SR 520 bridge from 8 p.m. Saturday, until 5 a.m. Monday. SR 520 will still be open between Montlake Boulevard and I-5.

NE 45th Street Viaduct lane closures on Sunday

Sunday drivers may want to avoid NE 45th Street between the UW campus and U-Village during the day. SDOT plans to install expansion joints on the NE 45th Street Viaduct from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Work crews will close two of the bridge’s three lanes and will alternate both directions of traffic in the remaining lane. Needless to say it could be slow going.

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Husky Stadium renovation plan gets green light

November 19th, 2010 by master

The UW Board of Regents has given its blessing to a $250 million facelift of Husky Stadium. The money for the renovation will be privately raised through donations as well as increases in ticket prices.

Our news partners at the Seattle Times report the project will draw on a $210 million loan from UW’s internal lending program, which also is used to finance other building projects on campus.  Once the renovation is complete, students are scheduled to be moved from their 50 yard line seats to the west end zone.  The football team will play at Husky Stadium in 2011 (the Apple Cup will be played at Qwest Field) and all of their games will be held at Qwest in 2012.  The team returns to a renovated Husky Stadium in 2013.

Check out more images of the renovation and a fly-over video here.

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Traffic warning about upcoming Thursday football game

October 8th, 2010 by master

While SDOT is alerting drivers to this Saturday’s (10/9) Husky home football game against Arizona State at 7pm, the UW is already warning students and faculty about big problems anticipated during the home game against UCLA.  That game will be on a Thursday at 5pm (November 18) so that ESPN can televise it nationally.  Combine rush hour traffic and tens of thousands of football fans, and you can see why the UW is getting this word out early.

As part of the planning for this event, we would like to ask students, faculty and staff to consider alternative means of transportation on November 18 and to consider alternative work schedules when possible to help reduce the campus’ use of parking spaces and possibly reduce the number of people coming to campus.

More information on parking and traffic will come out closer to the actual date.

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Traffic alert for Husky Band rally on Friday, game on Saturday

September 16th, 2010 by master

As usual, the Husky Marching Band will hit Greek Row this Friday night from 8:55pm to 10pm for the big rally before the big game against Nebraska.  Seattle Police will escort the band and fans through the streets Friday night.

The Huskies face off against the Cornhuskers at 12:30pm on Saturday.  This may draw the largest home crowd of the year.  Nebraska fans always travel well, and I’ve already spotted a lot of red sweaters in the downtown area.  Expect big delays around Montlake throughout the day.

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High-angle view of light rail project

September 11th, 2010 by master

At the first home game of the season this weekend, lots of fans stopped along the walkway leading to the upper level of Husky Stadium to look at the light rail project below. So we shot a little video clip with a bird’s eye view:

Here are our previous stories on the project.

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New renderings of Husky Stadium renovation

September 4th, 2010 by master

The UW has released some new images of what Husky Stadium will look like after undergoing a $250 million facelift.  There’s also a cool fly-over video.  Check out more images and the video here.

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Developer chosen for Husky Stadium renovations

August 7th, 2010 by master

Wright Runstad & Company of Seattle will be the developer for the $250 million makeover of Husky Stadium.  According to our news partners at the Seattle Times, the company’s bid was nearly $30 million less than the number two propopsal.  The plan is to finish the 2011 season at Husky Stadium, play at Qwest Field in 2012, and return to a renovated Husky Stadium in 2013.  You can read more here in the Seattle Times.

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Big change of plans in Husky Stadium renovation

May 14th, 2010 by master

The plan to renovate Husky Stadium with the help of tax dollars is apparently dead.  The Seattle Times reports the UW’s new plan is to raise the money itself with the help of bonds, premium seating, alumni donations, and perhaps even naming rights to the renovated stadium.  The new $200 million dollar renovation plan still calls for replacing the lower seating bowl and removing the track to allow closer seating. 

The UW is giving developers until July 1 to come back with their ideas on renovation plans.  Because of the expected construction, the Husky football team would have to play the 2011 season at Qwest Field.     Photo by John McClellan, The Daily

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