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Renovations turn Arizona State’s stadium into spacecraft

Vontaze Burfict, Randy Wright AP

Arizona State resides in The Valley of the Sun, but renderings of a new stadium make you ponder if the football program plans to land on the moon.

Athletics Director Steve Patterson and head football coach Todd Graham announced in a release today that Sun Devil Stadium will undergo several renovations over the next few years, eventually transforming it from an outdated facility to something Oregon would shake its fist (or whatever) at.

Here’s a portion of the release:

“The renderings are not finalized, but the tentative plan would create a shade canopy over the stadium that will allow the passage of natural light and the passage of air into the stadium while also allowing the Sun Devils to play day games earlier in the year to accommodate Pac-12 Network obligations. 

The addition of the shade canopy, in addition to other alterations, will decrease seating to an area between 55,000 and 65,000 seats. As such, larger seats will be provided with more leg room and the potential of more seats with a seat back.The stadium will be updated with a state-of-the-art sound system, video board and scoreboards, and ADA amenities and features.”

You can view two pictures HERE — and keep in mind the renderings are about as early as they come. Additionally, a cost has not been associated with the project.

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4 Responses to “Renovations turn Arizona State’s stadium into spacecraft”
  1. Ted Skroback says: Apr 4, 2012 7:37 PM

    As usual ASU follows anything U of A does bet they try to get a bigger video board too

  2. arizonahomer says: Apr 4, 2012 11:58 PM

    Yeah UofA is leading the way in innovation and ASU is just waiting to follow their lead. Good thing we didn’t wait for you to lead the way to the Rose Bowl. ASU has needed to upgrade the stadium for years (read decades) and it’s about time it’s happening.

  3. deangelo1776 says: Apr 5, 2012 12:27 PM

    Sick design!

  4. blastfurnaceknows says: Apr 9, 2012 4:13 PM

    I think this is actually a very good multi-faceted idea. Once it is completed, I suspect Todd Graham will make his next classless criminal escape by blasting himself skyward, stadium in tow. Next job – Newt’s moon colony. Me like.

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