Arizona State University and Sun Devil Athletics have released an updated rendering of Sun Devil Stadium.
Created by the stadium design team of Gould Evans and HNTB, the rendering is said to more accurately reflect the design plan for Sun Devil Stadium following the approval of the construction budget by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) and the hire of Gould Evans/HNTB and the construction team of Hunt/Sundt Construction in August of 2014.
The reinvention of Sun Devil Stadium will feature a “Double Inferno” upgraded student section, enhanced seating and legroom, more restrooms and concession options, technological upgrades, improved air and traffic flow through the venue, a connection to the surrounding landscape, additional premium seating options, and a new video board and sound system, among other new amenities. The design allows for Sun Devil Stadium to be multifunctional, community facility that will host a variety of events year round.
The first of three phases of construction, Phase 1 will create a new student section in the south end zone, removing existing steel bleachers and replacing them with concrete treads and risers and permanent stadium seating. The south end zone section will be complemented by the implementation of a student section in the north end zone, creating what head football coach Todd Graham has coined the “Double Inferno” student sections at both ends of the field.
Phase 1, which will be completed by August 2015, also includes the removal of a majority of the existing loge structure in the southwest and southeast corners of the stadium as well as the demolition to the upper deck of the northeast end zone. The area cleared by the removal will be redeveloped in a configuration that is dedicated to students for seating and standing, enhanced concessions, food service, restrooms and dedicated student entrances to the stadium.
Phase 2 work will be conducted on the east and north sides of the stadium in 2016, upon conclusion of the 2015 football season. Phase 3 work will begin in January of 2017 with work on the west side of the stadium and on the Student Athletics Facility, completing in time for the 2017 football season.
The conceptual rendering released in January of 2014 was created prior to the partnership with Gould Evans and HTNB.