- Mason Kelley, Reporter, Recruiting Nation
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SEATTLE -- As the Husky Stadium renovation approaches the halfway point, Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said the project remains on budget and on schedule.
Woodward, who met with the media Friday, said the school has spent $99.96 million on the project so far. The total cost of the project has gone up to $261 million with the addition of a sports medicine clinic that has been added to the construction effort. The addition was approved by Washington’s Board of Regents.
“We’re pleased to report that we’re still on time, still on budget,” Woodward said.
The stadium is scheduled to be ready for the Huskies’ season opener against Boise State on Aug. 31, 2013.
“We think it’s going to be ample time,” Woodward said.
Woodward said the school has exceeded its fund-raising goals and continues to raise money. While the Husky Stadium name will remain in the finished product, the university is still looking to secure sponsorship for naming rights.
The project, which included removing the track and adding a two-story football operations building, address the needs of both fans and the program.
The 83,000 square foot football operations building, which is being built into the west side of the stadium, will include space for a weight room, locker room, equipment room and a training room on one floor with space for coaches and administration offices on the second floor.
During a tour of the stadium, members of the media stood in what will be coach Steve Sarkisian’s office, looking out at a panoramic view of Lake Washington.
The Husky Stadium renovation will add amenities, including improved concession stands and more bathrooms, but will maintain the stadium’s college football feel.
“This didn’t need to be Jerry Jones’ stadium,” Woodward said.
More details on the Husky Stadium renovation will be released in future updates as the construction project continues to take shape.
Washington officially announced Friday it will play Montana at Husky Stadium on Sept. 2, 2017. It will be the first time the teams have met since 1951. It is the only game currently on the Huskies’ schedule for that season.
The Huskies named team captains during their Raise the Woof event Friday. The offensive captains are quarterback Keith Price and center Drew Schaefer, while on defense it’s Desmond Trufant, Sean Parker and John Timu.