http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20121214asu-stadium-face-lift-may-last-year.htmlThe renovation of Sun Devil Stadium will give the aging football facility a long-overdue face-lift but could displace the Arizona State University football team and reroute fans to as far as downtown Phoenix or Glendale for at least a year.
In a best-case scenario, an overhaul of the massive stadium, known for its picturesque setting nestled between two desert buttes in Tempe, would start after the Sun Devils’ 2013 football season ends, said Arizona State University Athletics director Steve Patterson last week at a Tempe Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
The demolition and initial renovation could be limited to areas that would allow the team to keep playing in the stadium during the 2014 season, but there would be fewer seats due to construction, he said.
But after that, fans can expect Sun Devil football to leave Tempe for at least the 2015 season, Patterson said.
“You should only miss one season,” Patterson said.
Patterson suggested the Sun Devils could play in Phoenix’s Chase Field, home to the Diamondbacks, or head to the Cardinals’ University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. He said no deal has been finalized for either site.
http://www.azcentral.com/sports/asu...e-demolition-january-2014.html?nclick_check=1Arizona State’s reconstruction of 55-year-old Sun Devil Stadium will begin in January with demolition of upper-deck seating in the north end zone.
Approximately 5,700 seats will be removed, lowering the stadium capacity to 66,000 for the 2014 season, which includes a home game against Notre Dame.
The project is not directly tied to further stadium renovations but, according to Vice President for Athletics Steve Patterson it “gives us additional flexibility for future planning. This will right size the building and open the upper bowl as it once was.”
The stadium has been expanded three times since 1958, most recently in 1992, and currently has a capacity of 71,706.
ASU averaged 54,827 in home attendance the past three seasons and is averaging 62,295 in the first three of seven home games this season.
Construction will begin after the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec. 28.
Auxiliary money will fund the initial cost of the north end zone project, with repayment over time from ASU athletic revenue streams, Senior Associate Athletic Director Rocky Harris said.
There is no firm timetable for the stadium’s major reconstruction, which could cost up to $300 million if it includes a shade canopy. The Arizona Board of Regents must approve that project, which would be paid for through revenue generated by an athletic-facilities district. A master developer for the 330-acre district has yet to be selected.
ASU is in talks with Phoenix officials and the Diamondbacks about playing its 2015 home games at Chase Field. Under that soonest-possible timetable, the second construction project would begin after the 2014 season, with ASU returning to a refurbished home with a capacity between 55,000 and 65,000 in 2016.
http://www.thesundevils.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209370998&DB_OEM_ID=30300What additions or changes will be made to Sun Devil Stadium?
• Replace lower bowl tread on east and west sides, which would allow for more legroom, and seats and benches with seatbacks.
• All public areas (concourse, restrooms, concessions, ramps, etc.) will be raised and rebuilt with substantially more fixtures and services provided to be consistent with modern football venues across the country.
• Escalators will connect various concourse levels.
• Addition of a new state-of-the-art video board to be installed on the north plaza, as well as a new sound system.
• A unique terrace will be built on the north plaza where concerts and community events can be hosted.
• Current press box will be enhanced and new kitchen installed.
• Upper deck will be reconfigured to increase height between concourses, allowing the development of a new premium seating level for new suites and club space.
• Club area will be air-conditioned and the club seating will be open-air.
• A new student section will be built and plans include a student club area.
• Most unique element of the renovation will be the addition of a “scrim” or video ribbon on the outside of the stadium. Videos and images can be projected off the stadium throughout the year to passers by on either side of the venue.
• SDA is evaluating adding the following to the scope of the stadium project: renovating the football facilities (locker room, sports medicine/training, weight room, equipment room, recruiting center, and office space) and completely revamping the Sun Devil Athletics Academic Center
How would that eliminate the appearance of 10,000 empty seats?When it comes to "right sizing" facilities I'm surprised more of them don't simply renumber the bleachers so as to lose one seat per row. Most of these venues feature some modestly cramped conditions, anyway, so dropping a seat would likely add an inch to each remaining seat. (You know, to better accommodate our fat butts!)
I have seen a couple parking lots decrease their capacity by simply restriping lots to increase the width of each space. The intention was to provide more room for larger vehicles, so each parking aisle dropped by 1-2 spaces total but the whole of the parking lot was unchanged.How would that eliminate the appearance of 10,000 empty seats?