On Saturday, Arizona State University used its football program’s opener to showcase the latest Sun Devil Stadium renovations.
ASU has been working for the last several years on a $307-million overhaul to Sun Devil Stadium, with recent construction focused on the stadium’s east side. This part of the renovation will not be fully completed until 2019, but some features have debuted for the 2018 season.
The renovations to the east side have allowed Sun Devil Stadium’s main concourse to be fully connected, while new seating, a beer garden, and other features have been added to the facility. Some of these amenities stood out on Saturday, when ASU hosted its home opener. More from the Arizona Republic:
Fans finally were able to get a firsthand look at upgrades to Sun Devil Stadium during the season opener, including new seating at all levels, new staircases and walkways, and an additional beer garden.
It marks the completion of the third phase of the latest batch of updates, though ASU isn’t totally finished yet.
While the renovations dropped stadium capacity from 71,000 to 55,000, ASU believes fans will see a higher quality in their game-day experience.
It started right when they walked in. Updated speaker systems blasted Avicii and Migos as people filed in. A connection between the east and west sides of the stadium meant that fans can now easily circle all the way around the the stadium.
The ongoing renovation project has brought some of the most significant upgrades to date in the history of Sun Devil Stadium, which first opened in 1958. Along with working to improve the experience for football games, ASU is aiming to use the stadium more often for non-football events.
ASU won Saturday’s home opener by defeating University of Texas at San Antonio 49-7.
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