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No money for Husky Stadium this session

The Washington Legislature will wrap up its session today without approving any tax dollars for the proposed renovation of Husky Stadium.

Scott Woodward, UW's acting athletic director, said the university will try again next year.

"I think (the problem) was timing," he said. "I think they want to look at the whole stream of revenue in a holistic view, instead of piece by piece."

The university had hoped that if money was handed over in this legislative session, that stadium construction might begin ahead of a major Sound Transit construction project in the southwest stadium parking lot. Now, Woodward said, the university will plan for the projects to proceed concurrently.

The stadium renovation funds would be used not only to improve the comfort and sightlines in the stadium, but also for maintenance, seismic and other safety issues.

However, Woodward assured that the stadium is safe for fans.

"We've inspected it," he said. "We're making darn sure that it's 100 percent safe. … A lot of (short-term fixes are) wasting money the further out we go; but I guarantee for our fans and students that it's going to be a safe environment."