TEMPE, Ariz. -- Construction is underway at Sun Devil Stadium.
The home of Arizona State University’s football team will see some big upgrades by the time the 2014 season kicks off, as workers started to remove seating Monday from the stadium’s north end zone.
The construction will reduce capacity by about 5,700 seats, according to athletic director Ray Anderson, who is undertaking his first major project for ASU. There will be about 66,000 seats once the upgrades are completed, which Anderson said would be in July.
“We have about 63,000 average attendance, so no one will be displaced,” he said in a press conference.
Most major college football programs are trying to increase capacity for their stadiums, but ASU is going for addition by subtraction. The seats will make way for an opening in the stadium, giving fans a view all the way to the mountain, Anderson said.
Once the 2014 season ends, the school can begin the next phase of the upgrades: a $225 million facelift for the entire stadium.
Head coach Todd Graham was excited to see the pieces come down Monday
“Everything about the fan experience is going to improve with this project,” Graham said, “as well as how it’s going to impact the student-athlete.”