Venue News: University of Washington Rebuilds Husky Stadium with Suites

It’s a crumbling stadium in a spectacular setting, one that serves as a focal point of Seattle’s social life for six to seven days every fall. And it’s one of those rare football venues where students have some of the best seats in the house. This November, the University of Washington will begin rebuilding outdated, 90-year-old Husky Stadium, making room for well-heeled fans by moving students out of their prime seats and bumping ticket prices. The price tag for the remodel: $250 million. For fans able to write a big check, there will be new seating options, including approximately 25 suites, 25 loge boxes and 2,500 premium covered seats on the south side of the stadium…

…It’s not officially on the table yet, but apparently Ramsey County officials have floated the idea of a half-cent sales tax increase for the proposed Vikings’ stadium in Arden Hills. As I said, there’s nothing official yet, but the fact that something like this is even being discussed shows that the folks that run Ramsey County are serious about getting a Vikings’ stadium into their area. Many of the proposals that have been discussed have included the team contributing approximately one-third of the total cost of a new Vikings stadium, with a local government and the state providing the rest. The Star-Tribune article says that the proposal would raise approximately $300 million for a new Vikings’ stadium…

… Hoping to ensure that the San Francisco 49ers will indeed move to the South Bay, the Santa Clara City Council will vote this week on legislation designed to protect public funds to help build a new $937 million stadium. Santa Clara is scrambling to make sure $40 million in redevelopment funds approved by the city’s voters in 2010 isn’t taken away by the state. Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed eliminating redevelopment agencies for cities to help reduce the state’s $25 billion budget deficit. Santa Clara officials are trying to establish the fact that because the stadium project there has been developed over several years, redevelopment monies already earmarked for it and other city projects should be left intact.