Plans to renovate ASU's Sun Devil Stadium

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The winds of change are blowing rapidly at Arizona State University as plans to renovate Sun Devil Stadium are officially under way.

"I'm extremely excited." said ASU head football coach Todd Graham. "What it does show is our commitment here. We want to have a program about winning championships. It puts it out there that we have a tremendous vision here to be champions."

The newly renovated stadium will be all about comfort. The most prominent feature will be a roof on the stadium. The stadium will have a fabric roof to provide shade inside while maintaining the open feel.

In addition, there are plans to have an open north end zone, which will allow for a view of Tempe Town Lake as well as allow a breeze to come through and serve as a cooling system. 

Furthermore, the stadium will shift from grass to field turf, which the team currently practices on in the Verde Dickey Dome.

Maintaining the integrity of the location is an extremely important factor for ASU Athletic Director Steve Patterson.

"We want to make sure we stay on this site," Patterson said during a news conference on Wednesday. "It is one of the iconic spots in all of college football."

However, a new stadium means new ticket prices. 

"The ticket prices are going to change. They have to change if we are going to be a factor in the Pac-12,"  Patterson added. "We have operated in the bottom three in the conference in revenue and quite frankly we;ve got to get them up." 

Patterson was adamant on the fact that higher ticket prices would result in a much more enjoyable game experience similar to that of Chase Field or University of Phoenix Stadium.

At this point, there is no timetable or dollar amount on what it will take to complete the renovation.