The Arizona State football team utilizes this state-of-the-art facility to combat the sweltering heat of the desert.
Located next to the Bill Kajikawa practice fields, the facility provides a climate-controlled venue for practice. This allows the team to practice at any time of the day, even in the summer.
The facility is a 103,500 square foot dome containing a 75-yard practice field (with an end-zone) and a 45-yard practice field (also with an end zone). ASU selected FieldTurf as the playing surface for the dome. It is the same surface used by more than 40 major NCAA universities in their stadiums. In addition, 21 of the NFL's 32 teams use FieldTurf at their stadiums and/or practice fields, as well as three Major League Baseball teams have FieldTurf in their stadiums.
Construction began in May of 2008, and the Sun Devils practiced inside the facility starting with the 2009 preseason camp. Besides being used for football practice, the dome is also utilized by the ASU marching band, ASU intramurals and for university summer football camps.
Affectionately called 'the bubble' by most, the Verde Dickey Dome was officially named for Verde Dickey who generously donated the funds for the field construction.