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To get early start on Husky Stadium project, 2011 Apple Cup moves to Qwest

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Fans and season ticketholders for University of Washington football will get a sneak preview next season to what the 2012 home season is going to be like.

UW athletic officials announced Thursday that next season's Apple Cup – originally slated to be the last game at Husky Stadium before the start of the $250 million renovation – will be moved to Qwest Field.

Moving the annual UW-Washington State rivalry game to the NFL stadium of the Seattle Seahawks will allow the renovation project start three weeks earlier than first anticipated, saving an estimated $3 million in costs.

"We are thrilled to provide a first-class venue to our fans during the Husky Stadium renovation," said UW athletic director Scott Woodward in a statement released by the university. "First and Goal (Qwest Field operator) has been a terrific partner, and we appreciate their flexibility and assistance.

"It is a luxury to have a world-class facility as our home-away-from-home (Stadium) only four miles from campus."

The UW is scheduled to move back to Husky Stadium at the start of the 2013 season.