One of the most aesthetic, dynamic, innovative and beautiful collegiate stadiums in the nation, Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium has played host to some of the best football games for more than four decades.
It has hosted Arizona State University football games since 1958, including the game on Sept. 21, 1996, when the playing surface was named Frank Kush Field as ASU upset top-ranked Nebraska 19-0. It has hosted four national championships - Notre Dame vs. West Virginia in 1988, Nebraska vs. Florida in 1996, Tennessee vs. Florida State in 1999 and Ohio State vs. Miami in 2003. And it played host to the NFL's ultimate showcase - the 1996 Super Bowl where the Dallas Cowboys pulled out a close win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The stadium, a favorite of television production crews, was the the home of the Tostito's Fiesta Bowl for 35 years and the NFL's Arizona Cardinals for 18 seasons. Beginning in 2006, Sun Devil Stadium became the new home of the Insight Bowl.
The facility, regarded since 1958 as one of the nation's outstanding collegiate football facilities, also boasts a spectacular, second-to-none setting.
A complete playing surface renovation was christened by ASU on Sept. 5, 1992, as the Sun Devils hosted Washington in the season-opener. At a cost of $2 million, the stadium addition accomplished four goals: 1) provided Sun Devil Stadium with a more durable playing surface; 2) provided better patron sight lines in the lower seating levels; 3) expanded sideline area for player safety; and 4) provided advantages to television and print photographers.
Constructed between two mountain buttes, the stadium literally was carved from the desert, and occupies a space between the Tempe buttes - actually small mountains that ideally have accommodated the growth of the structure.
Sun Devil Stadium addresses Phoenix to the west and the south end zone (formerly the open end) points to scenic Tempe, home of Arizona State University.
With the south end expansion completed and the press and sky boxes in place, and with an expanded cantilevered upper deck (1977), Sun Devil Stadium boasts a capacity of 71,706.
The expansion of 1988, which added a large seating section that completed the oval of the stadium, added almost 1,700 seats to the stadium's capacity. Also added was the Intercollegiate Athletic Complex at the structure's south end, which is now named the Nadine and Ed Carson Student Athlete Center. The building houses the entire realm of the ASU athletic department. A state-of-the-art scoreboard and four-color video replay board were also added.
During the 1978 expansion, design features enabled the stadium to be modernized without light supports, sound system supports, or construction pillars in the viewing line of the spectators. The dramatic proximity of every seat to the playing field is another feature that has made Sun Devil Stadium one of the nation's finest college football arenas.
Originally erected in 1958 (capacity 30,000), the stadium additions were begun in 1976 (boosting capacity to 57,722) and 1977. The latter raised the seating to 70,491.
The expansion effort was an $11 million undertaking, accomplished completely without the aid of state tax monies.
Assisting in a stadium financing plan unlike any other in the nation, the largest and oldest Arizona State support organization, the Sun Angel Foundation, provided $4.5 million of the necessary funding. The Sun Angel contribution was particularly important because it also helped pave the way for bond clearance.
Spectators at stadium events also have helped fund the expansion with their payment of a surcharge on each ticket purchased.
Arizona State has led the Pacific-10 Conference in average attendance seven times (1986, '85, '84, '83, '82, '80 and '79) since joining the league in 1978. ASU finished second six times and third twice. Last year, the Sun Devils drew a home total of 503,003 fans. On a single-game basis, Arizona State averaged 62,875 spectators, fifth in the league.
The first game was played in the original structure against West Texas State on October 4, 1958. The Sun Devils triumphed in the baptismal event, taking a 16-13 verdict over the Buffaloes.
Following the 1976 portion of the expansion, Arizona State took a 35-3 victory over Northwestern on September 17, 1977 to continue the winning tradition of stadium christenings.
When the 1977 expansion was completed, the Sun Devils prevailed 42-7 over Pacific to post a hat trick on stadium dedication contests. In 1988, ASU defeated Illinois, 21-16 on September 10, to win its fourth dedication game. In 1989, ASU beat Kansas State 31-0, in the expansion opener.
In 1987, the stadium was filled beyond capacity for the Papal visit, one of the few sites to play host to the Pope's tour of the United States. On April 4, 1976, the New York Cosmos (with Pelé) and the Los Angeles Aztecs played an exhibition soccer game in front of 15,000 fans in the stadium.
In 2008, the New England Patriots used the stadium as their practice facility in preparation for Super Bowl XLII.
THE CARSON STUDENT ATHLETE CENTER
With an excellent playing surface in place, Sun Devil Stadium is the one of the best college football facilities in the country.
The field facelift, along with the 165,000-square-foot Carson Student Athlete Center and the three-story, 60,000-square-foot press box and skybox additions, makes Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium one of the true showcases of college football.
The press box and skybox facility, which sits atop the upper deck on the west side, contains two 30-suite levels of skyboxes renovated in 1999 and is topped by an ultra-modern press box and eight additional private suites. The facility also boasts its own television production room, complete with editing and chyron capabilities and camera equipment. The equipment is manned by a full crew on game day to give spectators live and replay views of the contest.
Served by four industrial-sized elevators - one for the media and three for the public - the facility has working space for more than 200 sportswriters, booth space for broadcasters, statistical crews, scoreboard operations and a rooftop camera deck in addition to suite seating for more than 900 fans.
The bowl (south) end was connected by the dramatic ICA Complex and the extension of the loge-level seats. Locker rooms also were added in the north end visiting teams. Two new scoreboards were put in place in 1999. The color video replay system, situated in the southeast corner, offers fans instant replays of game action. The original video screen was the first of its kind in an on-campus football stadium. A complementary matrix board for messages and statistical information sits in the southwest corner.
Located in the south end of Sun Devil Stadium, the $28 million, 165,000-square-foot Carson Student Athlete Center houses all of ASU's 21 varsity sport coaches, as well as athletic administration.
With the completion of the complex in 1988 and the additions in 2002, the athletic department was centralized in one facility for the first time. The goal was to have the entire department together to improve communication and operations between coaches and administrators.
With the expansion and renovation, the lower three levels are expanded almost to the street. The lower level features the recently improved Sun Devil locker room, a state-of-the-art weight training facility (expanded from 4,000 to 15,000 square feet), an equipment area and the sports medicine department, which includes a Swim-Ex underwater exercise device. One of the few schools in the nation to have the device, ASU's student-athletes have the ability to run, swim or engage in strengthening exercises in the training room. More than 5,000 square feet of working space is available to athletic trainers in the areas of rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, examination, x-ray and treatment, including physician's office with full capabilities such as a pharmacy.
The first floor features the Sun Devil athletic ticket office, a souvenir shop, the media relations office and Bill and Judy Schaefer Sports Hall of Fame, a tribute to former student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have influenced Sun Devil athletics.
The second floor houses ASU's Olympic sport coaches and staff as well as the Academic and Student Services operation. Academic and Student Services have vast study and tutorial areas on this floor as well as a computer lab for ASU's student-athletes. All offices have spectacular views of either Sun Devil Stadium or south Tempe.
The third floor is the headquarters for Sun Devil football, with the head coach, his coordinators, assistant head coach and assistants all on one floor. In addition to the football offices, the third floor also houses a 150-seat theater and offices for ASU's men's and women's basketball, volleyball and baseball.
The fourth floor accommodates the bridging of the loge level of the stadium. As part of the 1998 project, 1,677 loge level seats were added, and ticket holders in this level have concessions and restroom facilities as well as television monitors for replays.
The fifth floor houses a Stadium Club area, a Varsity A Conference Room as well as offices for the Sun Devil Club.
The sixth floor is devoted to the ICA administrative staff.
THE ULTIMATE SPORTS ROAD TRIP
By: Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell
November 11, 2006 - How can it be that a football stadium that was really ill suited and dumpy by NFL
standards could by contrast be so cool and funky when it comes to college football? Well that would be an apt description for Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, home of the Arizona State University football program.
For about two decades, this venue served as home of the NFL Arizona Cardinals, until the team bolted for their own new digs in suburban Glendale. Sun Devil Stadium has also hosted the annual Fiesta Bowl through 2006, although that event will also be following the Cardinals to Glendale. In 1996, the Super Bowl was played here.
But the major tenant has been the Arizona State University Sun Devils, who have played here since 1958. The stadium opened with a capacity of 30,000 seats, but expansions in the 70’s and in 1988 brought the stadium to its current 73,379 seats.
One of the unique things about this stadium is its setting – the stadium is actually carved into the side of two mountains – called the Tempe Buttes, and fans arriving from the east side of the building will actually traverse a winding path between the mountains and the adjacent Well Fargo Arena as they make their way to the stadium. The large campus itself sprawls out towards the south, and a short walk to the west down West Fifth Street will take you into a cool downtown type college bar, restaurant and retail district.
The two deck seating bowl is configured horseshoe style, with a small seating deck and administrative building in the south end zone. Scattered along the balcony rim are the Sun Devils’ impressive list of bowl appearances and PAC-10 championships. Their ring of honor featuring their showcase players is displayed on the pressbox façade.
Sun Devil Stadium will now take over as host venue for the Insight Bowl and with ASU continuing to be a football force in the PAC-10, this should be a great place to catch some college football for years to come.
Game report – this was part two a day night football doubleheader for us and the game itself was a bit of a snooze. The Sun Devils scored early and often and rolled over visiting Washington State, 47-14.
ASU CONSIDERING STADIUM UPGRADE
October 23, 2008
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Tempe, Ariz. - Arizona State University is planning a face lift for its aging Sun Devil Stadium that could cost as much as $170 million to transform into a modern sports and entertainment venue.
University officials propose levying a tax on new commercial development on university-owned
land to fund the refurbishment of the decaying 50-year-old stadium. They plan to ask state
lawmakers to create a special Arizona university-stadium tax district in 2009 in the hope that work could begin on improvements to the Tempe structure in about three years.
ASU officials say that their financing plans would not be a big burden on the state or university
and that improved seating and facilities would allow the stadium to be used for other events
besides college football.
An 11-member athletic-facilities planning committee appointed by ASU President Michael
Crow in May 2007 has been reviewing options and proposals for upgrading athletic facilities.
That committee, working from two engineering analyses of the stadium, found that $60 million
to $65 million is required for structural work that needs to begin within roughly a decade. The costs climb to $170 million when the committee adds infrastructure improvements to electrical and
plumbing systems, plus better restrooms, concession stands, kitchens and more comfortable
The legislation being proposed by ASU officials would give a board of supervisors in any county
containing a state university the power to form a stadium-taxation district much like a school or
water district, meaning the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University also could
It was unclear what sort of reception the plan would receive in the state Legislature, where
some conservative legislators want to hold off on all building projects during the economic
The state Board of Regents, which oversees the three state universities, would need to approve
Taxes would go into a stadium fund, and the district, working through an intergovernmental
agreement with the university, would issue bonds to pay for stadium improvements. The bonds
would be obligations of the district and not of the state, city or county. They would be payable
within 50 years.
"This is not a big, huge burden on the state or the university and allows for future development
money to be captured," said Steve Miller, ASU deputy vice president for public affairs, who also
envisions a partnership with Tempe to use the stadium for soccer and entertainment events.
Sun Devil Stadium was built in 1958 with a seating capacity of 30,000. Additions were made
from 1971 through 1992 that raised the capacity to more than 70,000. The capacity could
eventually be reduced if seats are widened and more seat backs are installed. ASU has spent $10.8
million on the stadium since 2005 for repairs on the main concourse and loge, waterproofing and
fixing rust problems on steel beams. (Arizona Republic)
ARIZONA STATE GETS HELP WITH STADIUM PLAN
March 5, 2009
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Tempe, Ariz. - The Arizona House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill that would allow
Arizona State University to create a sports stadium district to improve athletic facilities. The
legislation also applies to Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona.
A stadium district, similar to what Maricopa County uses to fund the Cactus League, would
receive funds through an assessment on prime commercial leases located on university property.
That money then would be used to pay for facility bonds.
But even if lawmakers passed House Bill 2457 this year, it still would be a while before ASU
would start assessing a tax on new commercial real estate, said Steven Nielsen, assistant vice
president for university real-estate development. That's because even though ASU has property
around its Tempe campus, no commercial buildings are under construction.
"Even if the bill was approved today, it still would be a number of years before we do anything,"
Nielsen said. "All we are trying to do is create a vehicle."
Nielsen said ASU was trying to come up with a creative funding mechanism that wouldn't
divert money from academics or existing projects. If the funding came through, Nielsen said ASU
has identified up to $170 million in improvements at Sun Devil Stadium, with about $60 million for structural repairs. The rest would go toward renovations, including improvements to the field, restrooms, concession facilities and a chiller plant. (Arizona Republic)
MONEY APPROVED FOR SUN DEVIL STADIUM RENOVATION
September 30, 2010
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Tempe, Ariz. - Legislation has been signed that will allow Arizona State University to charge
businesses on campus a fee with the money going toward upgrades of the school's athletic properties, including Sun Devil Stadium, according to the State Press.
The bill allows the Arizona Board of Regents to set up a district on ASU property to collect revenue from local businesses, state Rep. Warde Nichols told the newspaper.
Even though the measure was designed to allocate money for maintenance and renovations for all athletic facilities, the initial target will be the football stadium because it needs the most work, he said.
The stadium needs an estimated $215 million to $350 million within the next five to eight years to remain open, Nichols said.
The University does not pay property tax to the state. Businesses located within the specific district will now be required to pay a fee to the University that is equivalent to the price of the city of Tempe's property tax, the newspaper reported.
The University first has to establish the exact boundaries of the on-campus district that will qualify for this new plan.
Once the district is established, only businesses that renew their contract or move to the district will be affected, Nichols said.
Nichols estimates the fund will accumulate enough money to begin planning renovations within two to five years, he said.
University of Arizona and Northern Arizona are also included in this bill and have the opportunity to establish districts of their own on their campuses, Nichols said.
REVENUE DISTRICT WILL FUND ARIZONA FACILITY UPGRADES
November 3, 2011
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Tempe, Ariz. - Maricopa County created a special revenue district that will allow Arizona State
University to develop or refurbish athletic facilities, what the Arizona Republic calls the first step in a long-term plan by ASU to create an amateur sports destination.
The county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to create the district, giving ASU the ability to collect revenue from commercial developments on 300-plus acres of property the university owns on or around its Tempe campus.
The funding mechanism is similar to a property tax, but applies only to commercial developments on land the university owns. Revenue raised in this way eventually will be used to back bonds to fund construction projects for the university's athletic facilities.
Some of ASU's athletic facilities are in "terrible need of repair," Virgil Renzulli, ASU vice president for public affairs told the newspaper. "We're turning that into an advantage by a new funding mechanism through the athletic-facilities district that will let us upgrade these things and enhance what we have."
The first project in line is a full renovation of Sun Devil Stadium that is projected to take about 10 years at a cost of at least $170 million. The stadium is more than 50 years old and long overdue for a structural and aesthetic makeover, ASU officials said.
Other facilities that could be replaced or renovated with funds from the University Athletic Facilities District are the Wells Fargo Arena, Packard Stadium, Mona Plummer Aquatic Complex and Sun Angel Stadium. University officials also have discussed redeveloping the Karsten Golf Course, which is in the district.
University officials estimate they could save $18 million to $23 million if ASU partnered with the Chicago Cubs to share the baseball team's new spring-training facility in Mesa. The cost to upgrade or replace Packard Stadium would be $20 million to $25 million. Were a partnership to go forward, ASU would instead build a $2 million clubhouse at the Cubs' facility and play there. The facility three miles east of Packard Stadium has not yet been built.
Creation of the district will allow ASU to issue construction bonds whose debt service will be financed by charges on developers building on or leasing property within the district. The charge is in lieu of a property tax because commercial developments do not pay property tax on university-owned land.
Construction will not begin until there are commercial developments under way and there is a large enough revenue stream, Renzulli said.
BOWL GAMES GETTING PUBLIC FINANCING
January 5, 2012
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Phoenix, Ariz. - The Sugar Bowl has accepted annual subsidies of at least $1 million from the
state of Louisiana during much of the BCS era, while increasing its reserves to $34.2 million, records obtained by the Arizona Republic show.
Two other Bowl Championship Series games - the Fiesta and Orange bowls - also amassed cash reserves while accepting public subsidies from governments, many of which have recently been forced to make other cuts to their budgets.
The non-profit organizations that operate the three bowls pay no taxes on their revenues, donate a small percentage of their revenue to charitable causes and have significantly raised executive pay in recent years, the newspaper said.
The BCS, a system created in the 1998-99 season by universities and athletic conferences, designates by contract which bowls are part of its postseason bowl system. It selects which teams play in those games and a rotating fifth game that determines a national champion.
Of the four bowls now in the BCS - Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar - only the Rose Bowl says it has not received government subsidies.
The bowls defend the subsidies because they classify their events as economic engines that attract tens of thousands of tourists annually. They and their government sponsors view the subsidies as seed capital to help stage showcase events that guarantee the bowls and their communities continued national status.
The bowls note their games pump hundreds of millions of dollars into their local economies. The Sugar Bowl, for example, said its game and related activities injected $137 million into New Orleans and Louisiana in fiscal 2010.
Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, whose office has paid out subsidies to the Sugar Bowl since fiscal 2006-07, told the Republic the bowl has been a good state investment. But, he added, the bowl no longer is "an appropriate recipient" of funds following media reports in the past year about the Sugar Bowl's reserves and Chief Executive Paul Hoolahan's salary of nearly $600,000.
Recently, the Sugar Bowl also admitted making improper campaign contributions to Louisiana's former governor.
"They have a huge surplus, and they are paying a huge salary to the executive director," Dardenne said. "It certainly makes you recognize a non-profit entity like that has an upside potential to make money, and it no longer has a need to be subsidized by government entities."
The bowls generate their income from the games, sponsorships and TV contracts. Last year, the combined BCS payout was nearly $182 million, with roughly 80 percent of the money going to the six power conferences that created the BCS.
The Sugar Bowl, according to its annual non-profit statement to the Internal Revenue Service, has taken government assistance since at least 2001-02, when the bowl accepted $1 million and had net assets of $10.7 million. Records show the bowl has since accepted subsidies nearly every year, for a total of nearly $11 million, as its net reserves more than tripled to $34.2 million.
Hotel and motel bed-tax revenues across Louisiana generate the state funding, Jacques Berry, a spokesman for Dardenne told the Republic. The money is passed through the Lieutenant Governor's Office after lawmakers and the governor approve a budget, Berry said.
The funding ultimately landed in the BCS' hands in 2009-10 as part of a $6 million Sugar Bowl payment to the BCS under its contract.
All subsidies from the state go to the BCS for payouts to universities participating in its bowls, said Sugar Bowl spokesman John Sudsbury.
The Sugar Bowl's $34.2 million net reserve is the healthiest among BCS members. The bowl turned down nearly $1.4 million from the state in the fiscal year ended June 30, Dardenne said, after publicity regarding the Sugar Bowl CEO's pay and because Louisiana was "going through serious financial challenges."
The Fiesta and Orange bowls also receive subsidies:
* Tempe, through 2013, will have paid the Fiesta Bowl $6.45 million to ensure the group continues to hold the Insight Bowl, a second game the bowl operates annually, in Tempe's Sun Devil Stadium. The contract requires the city to pay the bowl $850,000 this year and next and $900,000 the final year.
At the same time, Tempe in the fiscal year ended June 30 cut its budget by nearly $36.2 million and eliminated 2111Ú2 positions. Employees were forced to take furloughs last fiscal year and will do so again this fiscal year.
The Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau signed an agreement to pay the Fiesta Bowl $8.2 million over 20 years starting with the 2006-07 football season. In exchange for the money, which the bureau receives from city hotel-bed taxes, the Fiesta Bowl requires participating teams to stay in Scottsdale-area hotels and resorts. For the past Fiesta Bowl, for example, the universities of Connecticut and Oklahoma reported spending a combined $1.1 million in local lodging and meals.
The Fiesta Bowl had $22.3 million in net assets in 2009-10, the most recent year for which IRS records are available. That is nearly three times the value of its assets when the BCS began.
* Public tax documents filed by the Orange Bowl report it received nearly $2.5 million in government grants since 2007-08. The largest chunk, $1.2 million, came in 2008-09. However, documents do not identify the sources of the grants, and the bowl declined requests to name them.
"Suffice it to say, we receive support from multiple sources as we affect tourism and economic development throughout the South Florida region," Orange Bowl spokesman Larry Wahl said.
The Miami-area bowl has more than quadrupled its net reserves to $31.5 million since the BCS began.
* The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., which started in 1902 and is the oldest bowl, does not receive public subsidies. It has net reserves of $19.1 million, slightly more than double the amount since the BCS began and the lowest among BCS bowls.
Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman said the Insight Bowl generates value for his city. But he considers the city's contract with the Fiesta too expensive.
"The amount provided to the bowl is larger than it needs to be," Hallman said. "I do recognize the community investment for the event is necessary . . . but I hope in the future the amount the city pays will be brought down."
ARIZONA STATE MOVING CLOSER TO STADIUM PLAN
February 23, 2012
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Tempe, Ariz. - Steve Patterson, chief operating officer of Arizona State University's athletic
department, told the Arizona Republic the school is moving closer to a plan that would allow it to upgrade Sun Devil Stadium in stages.
"Now we're headed toward allowing the school over time to add to the stadium design in such a manner that we don't have to commit everything up front and can do it in pieces. That's probably a more executable plan."
A decision could be made to keep the lower bowl of the 54-year-old stadium and rebuild above that level to a new seating capacity between 55,000 and 65,000, lower than the current 71,706. The estimated cost is $150 million-$250 million "depending on what elements you ultimately build," Patterson said. The cost for stadium shading, in lieu of a roof, is estimated at $40 million to 50 million.
Fan comfort will be improved no matter what design is chosen through upgraded seating with more leg room, better concessions and restrooms, suites closer to the field, improved transport to the upper level and compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.
Patterson said funding options are not only a new athletic district, which will collect revenue from commercial development of 300-plus acres owned by ASU, but increased revenue from the stadium (premium seating, concessions) as well as from Pac-12 media rights and philanthropic donations.
"Ultimately it will be fairly complicated financing," Patterson said.
Requests are being taken for a master developer for the district, but other funding sources are needed for stadium construction to be possible in the near future. Patterson said it's still unknown if ASU would be forced to play elsewhere for a season and if so where.
ARIZONA STATE MAKING PLANS TO UPDATE STADIUM
April 5, 2012
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Tempe, Ariz. - Arizona State University unveiled plans for its long-awaited renovation of Sun
Devil Stadium, complete with a futuristic-looking canopy to protect football fans from the scorching sun, the Arizona Republic reported.
Design renderings revealed a unique, modern stadium on the current venue's iconic spot between the buttes on the Tempe campus that would be neither an enclosed dome nor an open-air arena. In its first major overhaul in a quarter of a century, the 54-year-old football arena would be smaller and opened up at one end to provide scenic views.
"We're after this signature (stadium)," ASU President Michael Crow said. "We don't want ASU to be just another place. We work hard for success and for an identity, and we want the stadium to be reflective of that."
Replacing Sun Devil Stadium always has been central to Crow's plan for a major athletic facilities and business district, and the development of that district had been considered a critical factor in how quickly the new stadium could be built. Some projections put that timetable at 10 years.
The announcement moved the new stadium closer to the front of the line, perhaps cutting that time frame in half, the newspaper said. ASU has a competitive incentive to move more quickly - the other 11 Pacific-12 Conference schools have spent almost $1.3 billion on football stadium projects since 1998. The last major renovation at Sun Devil Stadium was in 1989.
Major funding for the stadium, which could cost as much as $300 million including the canopy, still will come from revenue generated by the new district. But ASU plans to get started by using private donations, premium-seating revenue, the university's share of new Pac-12 television revenue that starts this year, and perhaps bonds, but not from tuition or taxes.
"We're going to look at all the other financing options and revenue streams that could support this, but we don't want to wind up in a situation where we're house poor," said Steve Patterson, ASU vice president for athletics. "We want to have an economic plan that allows this building to be built and to throw off the kind of revenues we need to drive a first-class Sun Devil athletics department."
ASU did not offer many details about the proposed new stadium; the renderings, drawn up by Valley-based developer Future Cities, are considered preliminary, and the university has not hired an architect yet. Officials said more details might come as early as June.
With the renderings revealing plans to remove upper-deck seating at the northern end of Sun Devil Stadium, the facility would offer views of Tempe Town Lake while seating 55,000 to 65,000 instead of the current 71,706. The fixed fabric canopy would cover upper decks on the eastern and western sides, reducing temperatures an estimated 15-20 degrees, allowing for day games earlier in the season, important with the launch this year of the Pac-12 television network.
Patterson said the stadium could be constructed in five stages over a four- to five-year period or be completed faster if the football team moves out for up to two seasons. He said playing at Chase Field or University of Phoenix Stadium is not the preferred route but remains an option and joked that ASU "would not go to play in Tucson" as a temporary home.