Huskies' first game in renovated Husky Stadium moved up a week
Washington will play Boise State on Aug. 31, 2013, the first game in renovated Husky Stadium.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The first game in the renovated Husky Stadium will take place a week earlier than scheduled — which University of Washington officials say is evidence of their comfort with the progress of the construction.
Washington and Boise State announced Monday the teams will play Aug. 31, 2013, the first game at Husky Stadium after its current $250 million renovation. The game had been slated for Sept. 7. The schools said the new date was deemed "more advantageous" for each school. Boise State has already scheduled another game for Sept. 7, at home against Tennessee-Martin.
In a statement, UW athletic director Scott Woodward said the move indicates all is well with the renovation:
"The diligent work and progress made to date by our development team ... has instilled great confidence that the Husky Stadium renovation will remain on time and on budget," he said.
The series with Boise State, announced in January 2011, includes a UW trip to Boise on Sept. 19, 2015.
The Huskies' other nonconference games in 2013 are Sept. 14 at Illinois and Sept. 21 against Idaho State.
The Pac-12 portion of the schedule will be announced later. But the opponents have already been set, per the conference schedule rotation through 2018 that was announced last year. The Huskies' home Pac-12 games in 2013 are against Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington State. The Huskies will play on the road at Arizona State, Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA.
Washington will play its 2012 home schedule at CenturyLink Field while Husky Stadium is renovated. The Huskies open the season Sept. 1 against San Diego State at 7:30 p.m.
Washington has set dates for nonconference games in 2014 and 2015, as well. The 2014 games set are Aug. 30 at Hawaii, Sept. 6 vs. Eastern Washington and Sept. 13 vs. Illinois. The 2015 games set are Sept. 5 vs. Sacramento State, Sept. 12 vs. Hawaii and Sept. 19 at Boise State.
Washington will play at Wisconsin in 2017 and host the Badgers in 2018.
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