TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State announced Thursday that it will demolish the north end zone upper deck at Sun Devil Stadium following the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in late December.
"The removal of the north end zone, with its resultant reduction in capacity, will right-size the building and open the upper bowl as it once was," athletic director Steve Patterson said in a statement. "This will provide a louder, more intimate atmosphere and enhance the gameday experience, further the development along Rio Salado Parkway, and give us additional flexibility for future planning."
The project is not tied to ASU's greater Sun Devil Stadium renovation plans, which still have no set timetable. The demolition of the upper-level seating, which includes sections 220-228, will reduce the stadium's capacity by approximately 5,700 seats, from 71,706 to roughly 66,000.
Sun Devil Stadium has been expanded three times since opening in 1958, most recently in 1992. It is currently the fourth-largest sta...