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How to fund Husky Stadium


The failing of bill 6116 leaves the University of Washington with a $150 million problem. How will they fund their stadium renovation?  There are two simple things to think about.  The first is to raise ticket prices.  The second would be to tack on a small fee for each student’s quarterly tuition.

The football stadium holds 72,000 fans.  For the sake of argument, let’s assume each of their seven home games are sold out.  This might sound unlikely to some but back in the day, this was the norm.  Tacking on $10.00 per ticket would earn the university roughly five million dollars each year.

According to wikipedia the University of Washington currently has 42,000 registered students.  With a $20.00 per quarter “stadium tax” the university could raise $2.5 million a year.

Add them both together and at $7.5 million a year.  After only 20 years you have your $150 million.


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The Case for Husky Stadium

Husky%20Stadium We’ve all heard the debate.  It’s in the papers, on the blogs, on television, even back and forth between friends and neighbors.  Cougars and huskies are going at it – but it’s not over last year’s apple cup, it’s about bill 6116.  The UW needs $150 million to help them renovate Husky Stadium, the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwest.  Does the Washington football program even deserve a new stadium?

We can look at this from many angles.  For today, let’s limit the discussion to need .  Does their stadium need to be replaced?  How old is it?  For comparison, let’s look at the age of the football stadiums in the PAC 10.

School Stadium opening date
Washington 1920
UCLA 1922
USC 1923
Cal 1923
Arizona 1928
Oregon State 1953
Arizona State 1958
Oregon 1967
WSU 1972
Stanford 2006

The original Stanford stadium was built in 1921.  For many reasons, including the cost of maintaining an old stadium, it was completely agree built only a few years ago.  Looking at this data (gathered from wikipedia), Husky Stadium is the oldest stadium in the PAC 10 conference. Not only that, it’s the oldest stadium west of the Mississippi.  It’s the seventh oldest major college football facility in the nation according to this article in the Seattle Times.

Husky stadium has been around to witness a man walk on the Moon, WWII, the stock market crash of 1929, and the model T Ford.  There are very few sports venues in the United States that are this historic.  Seattleites have attended Husky football games for 120 years with the last 90 being held in husky stadium.  During that time, the university has maintained the stadium with little assistance from the state.  This is unlike many other university’s athletic programs that are part of the yearly budget.  Washington has always been proud that their athletic department is self supporting and receives no state funding.  To say goodbye to Husky Stadium would be saying goodbye to husky athletics.

I think it’s clear Washington football has earned the right to play in a new stadium.

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SI releases College Football rankings

pac10-logo-footbl Sports illustrated released their preseason college football rankings.  Four Pac-10 teams appear in the list:

  • 4.  USC
  • 8.  Oregon
  • 18.  Oregon State
  • 20.  Cal

It still bothers me to see the Oregon teams ranked higher than Washington, but gone are The Huskies’ days of PAC-10 dominance.  Also note that Notre dame and LSU are also ranked.  That makes have of the huskies schedule against ranked teams.  I can’t understand why people see Washington winning six or seven games next season.  It’s gonna take a few years before they have a winning season again – if at all.  Does anyone remember the last time the huskies were ranked in the top 25?

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