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A big non-starter on the UW's legislative agenda this session has been getting remodeling funds for Husky Stadium. Not surprisingly, with an $8+ billion budget

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Husky Stadium Not Good Enough for Husky Football, but Good Enough for the World Cup?

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A big non-starter on the UW's legislative agenda this session has been getting remodeling funds for Husky Stadium. Not surprisingly, with an $8+ billion budget deficit, elected officials haven't been eager to cough up $150 million (or enable King County to do the same) to make a football stadium earthquake-proof, ADA-compliant, and, of course, much more profitable to the Athletic Department through luxury suites and the like.

But even in its current condition (or perhaps on the hope that its condition will have improved), Husky Stadium has made the list of proposed sites for a US-hosted World Cup in 2018 or 2022. (The World Cup, as you probably know, is the international soccer tournament featuring countries' national teams--it's the biggest/most widely followed sporting event in the world.) Qwest Field is also on the list. Among the criteria is that the stadiums have a capacity above 40,000, something Qwest has when the upper deck isn't covered in tarps to limit the ticket supply, increase demand, and avoid TV shots of sparsely-filled stadiums).

By 2018 or 2022, there will be a fancy light rail train running underneath both stadiums--perhaps we need only one stadium?--so our international visitors will be able to go from planes to soccer without navigating a STITA line or the 194.

Update: As we should've noted earlier, how awesome would it be if the World Cup came here?!

 
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