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Sun Devil Stadium

Sun Devil Stadium

Sun Devil Stadium is the home of Arizona State football.

Stadium Facts

Name: Sun Devil Stadium
Capacity: 74,186
Largest Crowd: 74,963 ASU vs California, Nov. 9, 1996, ASU 35, California 7
Playing Surface: Natural (Hybrid Bermuda grass).
Lighting: Four banks of quartz-iodide flood lights suspended 200 feet over the playing field.
Stadium Height: 122 feet from playing field to top of grandstand, approximately 12 stories.

Scoreboard: Omega Electronics of Bienne, Switzerland scoreboard and video replay addresses Sun Devil Stadium from the south end. It is a complete state-of-the-art color video replay system and matrix board for messages and statistical information. The unit represents the first such video replay board of its kind in a campus-owned sporting facility. The scoreboard is 54 feet high and 40 feet wide. The color replay board has the same dimensions. The matrix board is located in the southeast corner of the stadium while the color replay board is located in the southwest corner of the facility.
Press Box: Located atop the west cantilever, accommodates approximately 300 people on three seating platforms. The 360 x 55-foot facility includes a kitchenette, an eating area and lavatories.
Elevator: Four elevators with one serving the press exclusively.
Future Expansion: A variety of architectural plans are available for enlarging the capacity to between 80,000 and 90,000.

It has hosted Arizona State University football games since 1958. It has hosted a national championship -- Nebraska versus Florida -- in 1996. And now, the ultimate sports facility in the Pacific-10 Conference has hosted the NFL's showcase -- the Super Bowl.

It has been called "one of the most beautiful stadiums in the country."

And rightly so.

One of the most aesthetic, dynamic, innovative and beautiful stadiums in the nation, Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium is a sure crowd-pleaser.

The facility, regarded since 1958 as one of the nation's outstanding football facilities, also boasts a spectacular, second-to-none setting.

Its latest innovation -- 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 latest 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 and, 3) expanded sideline area for player safety and provided advantages to working television and print photographers.

The stadium, a favorite of television production crews, is also the home of the Tostito's Fiesta Bowl (for two decades) and the NFL's Arizona Cardinals (the only campus-owned stadium in the nation to play host to an NFL team).

Constructed between two mountain buttes, the stadium literally was carved from the desert, and occupies a narrow 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 73,379, the largest on-campus stadium in the Pacific-10 Conference.

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 (IAC) at the structure's south end. The IAC 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) in the 17 years it has been a conference member. ASU finished second five times and third once. Last year, the Sun Devils drew a home total of 447,187 fans, second in the league. On a single-game basis, Arizona State averaged 63,884 spectators.

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.

The stadium has also aided the meteoric rise in stature of the Fiesta Bowl. This season's holiday fare will be offered to a national television audience for the 13th consecutive year.

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 Pele) and the Los Angeles Aztecs played an exhibition soccer game in front of 15,000 fans in the stadium.

The 1996 campaign was the ninth for Sun Devil Stadium's newest tenant, the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL.

With the playing surface renovation in place, Sun Devil Stadium is the premier college football facility in the country.

Stadium wide view

The field facelift, along with the 90,000-square-foot Intercollegiate Athletic Complex and the three-story, 60,000-square-foot press box and skybox additions within the past three years, makes Sun Devil Stadium one of the true showcases of college and professional football.

The press box and skybox facility, which sits atop the upper deck on the west side, contains two 30-suite levels of skyboxes 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 over 200 sportswriters, new broadcast booths, booth space for statistical crews, scoreboard operations and a rooftop camera deck in addition to suite seating for over 900 fans.

The bowl (south) end was connected by the dramatic IAC Complex and the extension of the loge-level seats. A state-of-the-art video replay scoreboard also was added as were locker rooms in the north end (for visiting college and home and visiting professional teams). The color video replay system, situated in the southwest corner, offers fans instant replays of game action. A complementary matrix board for messages and statistical information sits in the southeast corner.

Located in the south end of Sun Devil Stadium, the $8.9 million, 90,000-square-foot building houses all of ASU's 21 varsity sport coaches, as well as athletic administration. The project was financed through the sale of bonds and ASU funds.

The first floor features a lobby reception area, including trophy display cases, video facilities and a rest area. The Sun Devil athletic ticket office, a souvenir shop, first aid facilities, a security office and the media relations office are also on the first floor.

The second floor is devoted to sports medicine, which includes an injury rehabilitation center. Over 5,000 square-feet of working space is available to athletic trainers in the areas of rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, examination, x-ray and treatment.

The third floor houses ASU's Olympic sport coaches and staff and the Academic and Student Services operation. Separate work stations are available on the floor for student helpers and graduate assistants. All offices have spectacular views of either Sun Devil Stadium or south Tempe.

The fourth floor accommodates the bridging of the loge level of the stadium. As part of the 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 is devoted to the ICA administrative staff as well as the coaching staffs for basketball, baseball and track and field. Two conference rooms and the Hall of Fame room are also available.

The sixth floor serves as headquarters for Sun Devil football, with the head coach, his coordinators, assistant head coach and assistants all on one floor. Academic and Student Services also utilize vast study and tutorial areas on this floor. The football offices include an immaculate reception area, complete with large screen television and video and cable capabilities.

Coaches find all the technological tools needed. Video equipment, movie screens, chalkboards, greaseboards and large screen televisions are among the items to be found.

asu fans

Sun Devil locker rooms are below ground along with a state-of-art weight training facility, coaches and officials locker rooms, an equipment area and a student-athlete lounge.

Spectators notice the video and matrix screens by Omega Electronics. The matrix screen features game statistical information and advertisements. The video screen features instant replay of game action and advertisements. The video screen represents the first of its kind in an on-campus football stadium.

With the completion of the complex, including the Spirit Plaza at its entrance and a new parking garage across the street, the athletic department is centralized in one facility for the first time. It was the goal of the Director of Athletics to have the entire department together to improve communication and operations between coaches and administrators.

Progression of Stadiums

                              Years    W   L  T    Pct.
Normal Field      (1897-1926)    30   23  12  3   .645
Irish Field       (1927-1935)     9   15  13  1   .535
Goodwin Stadium   (1936-1958)*   23   66  38  6   .627
Sun Devil Stadium (1958-96)      39  193  62  3   .754
*Capacities: 1936 (5,000); 1940 (10,000); 1941 (15,000)

Season Attendance

(Regular Season Games Only)
        Home    Home    Avg./   Total   Total    Avg. All
Year    Record  Attend. Game    Games   Attend.  Games
1958    4-2     160,161 26,694  * 10    249,669  24,967
1959    7-0     181,300 25,900    11    221,200  20,109
1960    4-2     165,300 27,500    10    215,190  21,519
1961    4-2     167,536 27,550    10    213,836  21,384
1962    6-1-1   216,735 27,092    10    255,085  25,509
1963    5-1     189,024 31,504     9    235,255  26,139
1964    7-0     200,167 28,595    10    265,603  26,560
1965    5-2     208,720 29,817    10    264,073  26,407
1966    3-3     180,732 30,122    10    272,302  27,230
1967    4-2     235,209 39,172    10    340,693  34,069
1968    6-0     210,839 35,140    10    312,130  31,213
1969    5-1     266,269 44,378    10    324,855  32,486
1970    6-0     277,830 46,305    10    374,823  37,482
1971    6-0     302,416 50,403    11    429,618  39,056
1972    5-1     285,904 47,651    11    399,296  36,300
1973    6-0     300,463 50,077    11    411,613  37,419
1974    5-2     334,512 47,787    12    503,731  41,978
1975    7-0     329,644 47,092    11    406,836  36,985
1976    2-5     338,821 48,403    11    466,176  42,380
1977    6-1     398,057 56,865    11    479,078  43,553
1978    5-1     421,249 70,208    11    600,744  54,613
1979    +5-2    488,141 69,734    11    686,013  62,365
1980    6-1     443,018 63,288    11    681,013  61,910
1981    7-0     449,153 64,165    11    621,465  56,497
1982    6-1     457,369 65,338    11    604,114  54,920
1983    5-3     539,786 67,473    11    682,461  62,042
1984    3-5     537,732 67,217    11    658,626  59,875
1985    6-1     454,390 64,913    11    622,056  56,551
1986    6-0-1   486,034 69,433    11    793,398  66,117
1987    4-2-1   493,593 70,513    11    696,131  63,285
1988    4-2     424,300 70,717    11    665,848  60,532
1989    5-3     533,819 66,727    11    680,941  61,904
1990    3-3     373,782 62,297    11    556,474  50,589
1991    3-3     334,287 55,715    11    570,748  51,886
1992    4-2     278,978 46,496    11    495,977  45,089
1993    4-2     294,636 49,106    11    473,063  43,006
1994    2-4     260,811 46,802    11    552,857  50,260
1995    4-2     293,283 48,881    11    567,679  51,607
1996    7-0     447,187 63,884    11    627,710  57,065
*Includes opening games of season in Goodwin Stadium, 
not reflected in home attendance at Sun Devil Stadium.
+Four victories subsequently forfeited.

Top Home Crowds

 1.  California  (Nov. 9, 1996)          74,963
 2.  Southern California (Oct. 19,1996)  74,947
 3.  Arizona (Nov. 25, 1989)             74,926
 4.  Nebraska    (Sept. 21,1996)         74,089
 5.  Arizona (Nov. 23, 1991)             73,427
 6.  Washington  (Sept. 7, 1996)         73,379
 7.  Arizona (Nov. 26, 1993)             73,115
 8.  Nebraska    (Sept. 28, 1991)        72,812
 9.  Arizona (Nov. 23, 1985)             72,345
10.  Southern California (Nov. 12, 1988) 72,023
11.  Washington  (Nov. 13, 1982)         72,021
12.  Washington  (Nov. 1, 1986)          71,589
13.  Nebraska    (Sept. 26, 1987)        71,264
14.  Southern California (Oct. 14, 1978) 71,138
15.  Southern California (Oct. 30, 1982) 71,071
16.  California  (Sept. 8, 1979)         71,005
17.  Arizona (Nov. 24, 1979)             70,947
18.  Washington  (Oct. 10, 1988)         70,934
19.  Arizona (Nov. 28, 1987)             70,839

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