Huskies fans and season ticket-holders for University of Washington football will get a sneak preview next season of what the 2012 home season is going to be like.
UW athletic officials announced Thursday that the 2011 Apple Cup – originally slated to be the last game at Husky Stadium before the start of a $250 million renovation – will be moved to Qwest Field. All 2012 home games will be played at Qwest Field.
Moving the UW-Washington State rivalry game to the NFL stadium of the Seattle Seahawks will allow the renovation project to start three weeks earlier than anticipated, saving an estimated $3 million, UW athletic director Scott Woodward said in a statement released by the university.
“We are thrilled to provide a first-class venue to our fans during the Husky Stadium renovation,” Woodward said. “(Qwest Field operator) First and Goal has been a terrific partner, and we appreciate their flexibility and assistance. It is a luxury to have a world-class facility as our home-away-from-home only four miles from campus.”
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The UW is scheduled to move back to Husky Stadium for the 2013 season.