Renovated and ready: Boise State preps for first game at Washington’s new-look Husky Stadium

ccripe@idahostatesman.comAugust 26, 2013 

HUSKY HISTORY: Husky Stadium, which sits on the shore of Lake Washington and features views of the Cascade and Olympic mountains, opened as a 30,000-seat bowl in 1920 — and was known as Washington Field. It underwent major expansions in 1937, 1950, 1968 and 1987 to reach 72,500 seats. The stadium was the first college facility to install AstroTurf (1968) and one of the first to install FieldTurf (2000).

COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

  • BOISE STATE AT WASHINGTON

    When: 8:05 p.m. MDT Saturday

    Where: Husky Stadium (70,000, FieldTurf), Seattle

    TV: Fox Sports 1 (219 on DirecTV, 150 on Dish Network and 26/493HD on Cable One); Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Kristina Pink

    Radio: KBOI (670AM), KKGL (96.9 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender

    Last year’s records: Boise State was 11-2, Washington was 7-6

    Rankings: Boise State is No. 19 in the AP and USA Today Coaches’ polls; Washington is receiving votes in both

    Series: Tied 1-1 (last meeting: Boise State 28-26, 2012 MAACO Bowl)

    Vegas line: Washington is favored by 31⁄2

    MONDAY AT IDAHOSTATESMAN.COM

    Boise State plans to release its depth chart Monday and coach Chris Petersen will address the media at 1 p.m. We’ll have full coverage, including video, in the Bronco Beat blog: blogs.idahostatesman.com/broncobeat.

Boise State senior wide receiver Kirby Moore didn’t need to search the Internet for photos of renovated Husky Stadium, which will open Saturday when the No. 19 Broncos begin the season at Washington.

Moore is from Prosser, Wash.

“I have been sent quite a few pictures,” Moore said. “I have some friends who live in the area. They send me pictures of the updates and that (the game) is coming.”

Among the changes: the track was removed, the field was lowered about 4 feet and seating was installed closer to the playing surface — renovations that are expected to make a notoriously loud stadium even louder. It seats about 70,000.

“It’s pretty crazy. It’s a beautiful place, and I’m really excited,” Washington offensive lineman Ben Riva told The Seattle Times. “I can’t even imagine what it’ll be like (for kickoff against Boise State). I’m pretty fired up.”

Moore has visited Husky Stadium a handful of times. He watched the Broncos’ 2007 loss there, when his brother Kellen was a redshirting quarterback at Boise State, and attended a game to watch his friend Cody Bruns play for the Huskies in 2010.

“It’s a great place to watch a football game,” Moore said. “There’s just something about it — it gets pretty loud, you’ve got the water right there, they’ve got a great atmosphere. You can see it with the Seahawks (in the NFL) right now — when someone is playing well in Seattle, their crowd gets behind them.”

Boise State sold out its allotment of 3,100 tickets for Saturday’s game.

FACTS ABOUT THE REMODEL

Cost: $280 million. The financing includes $50 million in contributions and $230 million in bonds that will be repaid with stadium revenue.

Timeline: The Huskies played the 2011 Apple Cup and entire 2012 home slate at the Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field to allow about 22 months for construction.

What stayed in place: The roof on the north grandstands and the upper-deck bleachers on that side remain. That section was built in 1987.

Football facility: Like Boise State and Oregon, Washington opened a new football office and training complex this year. The two-story, 83,000-square foot facility is built into the west end zone (Boise State’s is 68,000 square feet).

Video board: The largest of nine video boards is 31.2 feet tall and 108 feet wide — larger than either board at CenturyLink and about 50 percent larger than the one going into Bronco Stadium.

NOTE: Washington has released its depth chart for the Boise State game. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (DUI, broken pinkie) and wide receiver Kasen Williams (alcohol-related infraction) are listed as starters.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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