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Renovated Husky Stadium The "Golden Egg" For Univ. Of Washington Athletics
Published August 27, 2013
COUGAR TOWN: In Seattle, Bud Withers noted under construction at the west end of Washington State Univ.'s Martin Stadium is a $61M "edifice that gathers all WSU football functions under one umbrella and brings those elements into the 21st century." The building is "being backed by 30-year bonds and paid for with the proceeds of the league's fully-shared TV contracts that took effect" in '12-13. WSU AD Bill Moos said, "We were way, way behind at a critical juncture. When we expanded the Pac-12, people were building like crazy, and we had to get ourselves in the game." Withers noted WSU last year unveiled its "new south-side complex, including luxury suites, club and loge boxes and a new press box." The fact that structure went up first "isn't typical of Moos' playbook." Moos: "The ideal plan would have been to build the football-operations building first. My philosophy has always been, build the facilities that are going to attract and benefit the student-athlete." Meanwhile, there will be "some inconveniences" in '13. Moos said, "This is going to be a construction zone this fall" (SEATTLE TIMES, 8/25). In Spokane, Christian Caple noted WSU also announced that a new scoreboard "more than double the size of the old one will be added in the east end of Martin Stadium before the Sept. 14 opener against Southern Utah." Additionally, an LED ribbon board "is being constructed on the facade of the stadium's premium seating structure" (Spokane SPOKESMAN-REVIEW, 8/24).