Thursday, October 3, 2013

ASU Football: If You Can't Fill It, Demolish It

Posted By on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Apparently, that sweet Living Social deal for tickets to the season opener didn't work out as well as planned for Arizona State University's football team.

The Arizona Republic reported today that ASU plans to tear out a chunk of the upper deck in Sun Devil Stadium in January in what's being explained as separate from the as-yet-completely-unfunded plan to do a $300 million renovation of the facility so bad it wasn't good enough for the Arizona Cardinals.

The tearout, scheduled to happen right after Sun Devil Stadium hosts the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (!) on Dec. 28, will remove 10 sections and 5,700 seats, reducing the capacity to about 66,000. The work would be completed in time for ASU's 2014 season, which includes a home game against Notre Dame but otherwise will probably result in thousands of empty seats for the other matchups.

ASU wants to completely redo Sun Devil Stadium, possibly putting in a shade canopy, but that project still needs to find a funding source. The school is trying to work a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks to play games at Chase Field while the work is done, whenever that happens.

Arizona's just-completed North End Zone project also reduced capacity by a few thousand, but also added club seating, luxury boxes, a multi-level football training facility and, most notably, seatbacks and armrests.

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