In a word – quiet.
With so much fanfare and buildup surrounding the closing of Husky Stadium on Saturday night, activity post-game and over the next couple of days will be benign.
“It will be silent,” UW athletic director Scott Woodward said. “There will be a lot of moving, but no excavation – unlike at Stanford where they were working day and night. … Ours is going to be more methodical – at a frenetic pace but just not as dramatic.”
Even with a lot of the old memorabilia (seats, aisleway signs) being auctioned off online, Woodward knows a few fans will try and get into the stadium to take a piece of history – and advises against the action.
“What I don’t want to happen is someone come in there with half their tool box, and their skill saw and come out there and hack their seat,” Woodward said. “We have issues to worry about – safety and environmental issues.”
A groundbreaking ceremony inside Husky Stadium is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday. Expected to attend are UW president Mike Young; Jon Runstad, the chief executive officer of developer Wright, Runstad and Company; Woodward and Huskies football coach Steve Sarkisian.