Washington begins renovation of Husky Stadium

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington has broken ground on a $250 million renovation of Husky Stadium.

The project is expected to take about 18 months and will knock the Huskies out of the 91-year-old facility for the 2012 season. The goal is to complete the project in time for the 2013 season opener.

The renovation funding includes $50 million in private donations. According to documents obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, the school already has $17.9 million of that in hand.

The school says it has nearly $44 million total in signed pledges. The school says many of its donors plan to spread their donations over a five-year period.