The east side of Sun Devil Stadium was demolished during the first week of December 2017. It is the final major phase of the stadium renovation. The venue will be ready for the 2018 season.
It’s been less than two weeks since Arizona State beat rival Arizona to reclaim the Territorial Cup, and crews have immediately gone to work on the third and final phase of major renovation at Sun Devil Stadium.
First the grass field was covered in dirt. Then the heavy machinery was brought in.
And in the span of five days during the first week of December, the entire east side of the stadium was ripped out.
Once the demolition crew is done comes the east-side rebuild, followed by more interior finishing in 2019 to bring the project to a close. Athletics still is fundraising for the final $40 million needed to cover a $300-million budget.
All of the work that is underway will done by the Sept. 1 kickoff of the 2018 season.
The new east side also will include:
- Three primary seating sections in the center with folding seats like on the west side.
- Two sections of bench seating with backs.
- Restrooms and concession areas on the 400 (upper concourse) level.
- A 4,000-square-foot club area in the center of the 400 level.
- A club area but no suites on the 300 level.
- Some seats wider than the 18-inch width on the west side.
azcentral sports reporter Jeff Metcalfe contributed to this report.