Sun Devil Stadium was erected in 1958 at one of the most dramatic locations in the history of sports: just south of Salt River and nestled between two small mountains, the Tempe Buttes. It became a landmark across university football and the home of Arizona State University, who moved here from the old Goodwin Stadium.
Initially the capacity was 30,000 people on a single tier. Over the years expansions led to almost 75,000 people being accommodated at the venue before 1989. It then had a vast horseshoe shape with the south end open. The scale earned it numerous major events, including hosting rights for the Fiest Bowl, Cactus Bowl, even the 1996 Super Bowl, as well as concerts by the greatest stars: the Rolling Stones or U2.
However, as regular attendances never really kept in line with this size (10-year average of around 50,000 per game), early 21st century brought consideration of reconstruction. Created in 2013-14 by HNTB, the scheme of complete revamp was first expected to cost $225 million but ended up at 307 million instead – a third of which was privately donated and the remainder provided by ticket sales, sponsorships and ASU athletic district. Construction was carried out largely by Hunt Construction Group, joined at various stages by other partners, primarily Sundt Construction.
The revamp began in 2014 with the south stand, earlier only in the form of tubular sections. A vast single tier was created, dedicated to the most vocal ASU supporters, the student section. Second phase saw demolition of the north and west stands. While in the north all was demolished (two tiers), in the west only the lower tier disappeared while the upper one was renovated.
Tenant: Arizona State Sun Devils (NCAA)