Bruce Haffner checks in on Sun Devil Stadium renovations

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TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

ASU Sun Devil football players took the field this week for practice. And on Tuesday, Bruce Haffner gave us a bird's-eye view of the practice field from the Penguin Air News Chopper.

But it's what's happening in the stadium that everyone wants to see. The players will kick off the season in the fall at Sun Devil Stadium, which is undergoing huge renovations. Bruce showed us the progress crews are making.

The university committed to invest $256 million to rebuild the aging stadium. The renovation includes upgraded amenities to enhance the fan experience.

Fans will enjoy more legroom, seats and benches with backs, an increased number of restrooms, a premiere video board and sound system, and an ADA-compliant stadium.

The football team will continue to play in Sun Devil Stadium throughout the renovation. ASU officials said that moving games to an off-site venue would negatively impact the game-day experience for students, season ticket-holders, and the Tempe Community.

Crews have already removed seats from the stadium's north end zone. The construction will reduce capacity by about 5,700 seats, according to athletic director Ray Anderson. There will be about 66,000 seats once the upgrades are completed.

“Everything about the fan experience is going to improve with this project,” says head coach Todd Graham.

The renovated Sun Devil Stadium is scheduled for full completion in 2018.

The last major renovation to Sun Devil Stadium came in 1988 when 1,700 seats were added to bring the facility to a capacity of 71,706.