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.
In 2014, Arizona State announced the Sun Devil Stadium Momentum Campaign.
The university committed to invest $256 million to rebuild the aging stadium.
The South Bowl of the stadium was the first phase of the scheduled Sun Devil Stadium
reinvention and was completed prior to the start of football in 2015, including the
removal of a majority of the existing loge structure in the southwest and southeast
corners of the stadium as well as the demolition to the upper deck of the northeast
end zone. The area cleared by the removal was redeveloped in a configuration that is
dedicated to students for seating and standing, enhanced concessions, food service,
restrooms and dedicated student entrances to the stadium.
ASU is complete the second phase of its stadium renovation prior to the 2016
campaign, working since last November to tear down and reconstruct the west
side and to begin construction of a new building that will house football and
other athletic facilities at the north end.
Amenities include seats with backs and more leg room in the lower bowl and
new premium seating on the west side. Restrooms are being expanded and
new concessions added. A student athlete building is being constructed on the
A 100- by 50-foot video board will be in place in the north end zone for the
2017 season after Phase 3, when stadium capacity will end around 56,000.
The stadium, a favorite of television production crews, was the home of the
Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl for 35 years and the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals for 18
seasons. From 2006 to 2011, Sun Devil Stadium was the venue for the Insight
Bowl and has since hosted the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl and the Cactus Bowl.
The facility, regarded as one of the nation’s outstanding collegiate football
facilities, also boasts a spectacular, second-to-none setting. 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.
Originally erected in 1958 (capacity 30,000), the stadium has been expanded
three times (1976-78, 1988, and 1992) with additions. Sun Devil Stadium will
boast a capacity of 64,248 at the beginning of the 2015 season.
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
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STATE’S SUN DEVIL STADIUM HAS PLAYED HOST TO SOME OF THE BEST FOOTBALL GAMES FOR MORE
THAN FIVE DECADES.
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