ASU Kicks Off Season In Renovated Stadium

By Blake Benard, Christopher Connelly
Published: Friday, September 2, 2016 - 5:34pm
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ASU's Sun Devil Stadium is where the football team plays its games.

Arizona State kicks off their 2016 Football season tomorrow night at the newly renovated Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. The $268 million renovation project started in 2014 and has seen the stadium undergo significant changes.

Over the past several months, the upper north concourse was removed to begin construction on a new athletic facility. There will be new training areas and coaches offices.

If you’ve been to the stadium, you’ve probably noticed that early September games can get pretty steamy. Maggie Emmons from Sun Devil Athletics said the entire west concourse was also demolished and rebuilt to offer give the space a little room to breathe.

"We raised the ceilings to 20 feet from 8 feet," Emmons said. "You can really feel the increased air flow that’s going to help keeps fans a little bit cooler on game days."
 
They also took out a lot of seating.The capacity has gone from over 70,000 to just above 56,000. ASU is still planning to demolish and rebuild the east concourse with similar airflow and seating improvements. They’re also putting in a new scoreboard that's more than 100 feet wide.

Private donations and university bonds funded the renovation, not public money or tuition.

ASU is planning for final construction to end prior to the start of the 2017 season. Until then, Sun Devil football is back on the gridiron for another season Saturday with a game against NAU.

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