Arizona State University is completing its multi-phase renovation of Sun Devil Stadium, resulting in new amenities to modernize the facility.
Work began back in 2014 on a major overhaul to Sun Devil Stadium. Through the renovation project, ASU has upgraded the facility’s offerings while reducing its fixed-seating capacity–which dropped from 71,000 to around 55,000–and implementing measures to make it used more frequently for non-football events.
The renovation, which cost over $300 million, has been in its final phase leading up to the 2019 season. ASU is scheduled to play its home opener later this month, which will afford fans the opportunity to see several new amenities in place on Sun Devil Stadium’s east side. More from the Arizona Republic:
When fans return for the season opener Aug. 29 against Kent State, they will find a 12,000-square-foot club area on the east side 300 level now is fully enclosed and air conditioned; a 5,000-square-foot beer garden area above that; and at the top, office space that by the end of the year will be the new home of the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, Global Sports Institute and Public Service Academy.
“This is really a stake in the ground to do 365 in this building,” said Isaac Manning, president of Trinity Works, hired by ASU to manage the stadium project. “The east sideline is really the embodiment of the 365 vision. It’s going to be incumbent upon the university to figure out how they’re going to use it and how often.”
Manning has spent much of the last five years in Tempe overseeing work by Hunt Construction, executing the design by HNTB Corp. and Gould Evans. He’s returning to Fort Worth, Texas, with a new employee, Lindsey Campbell, who progressed volunteering with the 942 Crew booster group being hired as a Trinity Works associate.
Construction began with a preliminary phase to open up the north end for cranes and other vehicles in summer 2014. The south end was rebuilt in 2015 and the west side in 2016. A decision then was made to re-think what was needed on the east side so work in summer 2017 with the focus on completing the west side club areas and football facility at the north end plus installation of one of the nation’s largest video boards.
The Sun Devil Stadium renovation has been a notable project in several respects, as it resulted in a modernized venue that includes upgraded technology, new premium spaces, and a concourse that fully connects the facility. Sun Devil Stadium originally opened in 1958.
Rendering courtesy ASU.
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