ASU to demolish part of Sun Devil Stadium upper deck - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Sports

ASU to demolish part of Sun Devil Stadium upper deck

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Sunday, October 6, 2013 9:17 am

Arizona State announced Thursday that it will demolish the north end zone upper deck at Sun Devil Stadium following the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in late December.

“The removal of the north end zone, with its resultant reduction in capacity, will right-size the building and open the upper bowl as it once was,” athletic director Steve Patterson said in a statement. “This will provide a louder, more intimate atmosphere and enhance the gameday experience, further the development along Rio Salado Parkway, and give us additional flexibility for future planning.”

The project is not tied to ASU’s greater Sun Devil Stadium renovation plans, which still have no set timetable. The demolition of the upper-level seating, which includes sections 220-228, will reduce the stadium’s capacity by approximately 5,700 seats, from 71,706 to roughly 66,000.

Sun Devil Stadium has been expanded three times since opening in 1958, most recently in 1992. It is currently the fourth-largest stadium in the Pac-12 (behind the Rose Bowl, The Coliseum and Husky Stadium) and will remain so after the seating reduction.

ASU’s average attendance in 2012 was 59,672, so the reduction will not impact the stadium’s ability to accommodate the average crowd. The athletic department says 348 season-ticket holders will be impacted by the project and will be offered a one-season upgrade for 2014 to lower-level end zone or upper-level sideline seating at the same price they were paying.

The construction may alter the route of the 10th annual Pat’s Run in April, which typically concludes inside Sun Devil Stadium.

ASU is still working on a financing plan for its complete renovation project, which has estimated costs of up to $300 million. ASU is currently negotiating with the city of Phoenix and the Arizona Diamondbacks to play 2015 home games at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix while construction takes place at Sun Devil Stadium. ASU would return to Sun Devil Stadium in 2016 with a further reduced capacity.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Desert Vista Thunder Football Preview 2014

The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of...

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px
Jason P. Skoda
  • Jason P. Skoda
  • Sports writer
  • Resident sports writer at the Ahwatukee Foothills News

Desert Vista Thunder Football Preview 2014

The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of...

MP talent contest - WRs

Isaiah Banks and company flips out to win it all

MP talent contest - LB

Epic fail on this attempt

Online poll

Loading…
prev next