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While no deal has been finalized, Arizona State president Michael Crow tipped the school's hand Tuesday in revealing plans for the football team to play at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in Phoenix while Sun Devil Stadium is renovated.
A source told FOXSportsArizona.com the school is in serious talks to move to Chase Field for the 2015 season, though University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale remains on the table, with details still needing to be finalized for a temporary move to downtown Phoenix.
State Press writer Danny Shapiro reported via Twitter that ASU athletic director Steve Patterson said the school planned to finalize a deal to play at Chase Field soon, explaining the "aggressive" plan is to play at Chase Field in 2015 and return to Sun Devil Stadium in 2016. The source said there is no firm timeline on the finalization of such a deal.
Construction on Sun Devil Stadium is expected to begin after the 2013 season, with the team remaining there during ongoing construction in 2014. Details surrounding the extent of the renovations, their cost and how they're being paid for also are yet to be finalized.
Crow's Chase Field revelation came during a press conference at Phoenix Municipal Stadium to formally announce the ASU baseball team's move there for the start of the 2015 season.
"While Sun Devil Stadium is being prepared, we look forward to playing our games in Chase Field," Crow said. "Just in case you were wondering, that's the only place for us going forward, so its really an example of this fantastic relationship we have with the city of Phoenix."
ASU and the city of Phoenix finalized a 25-year lease agreement for the ASU baseball team to play at Phoenix Municipal once the Oakland Athletics relocate to HoHokam Park in Mesa beginning in spring 2015. That deal gives ASU all revenue from ticket sales, parking and concessions.
Details of a deal for the football team to play at Chase Field, however, are still being worked out. Given Chase Field's proximity to Sun Devil Stadium -- the venues are separated by about 11 miles and an easy light rail commute -- it has been the preferred temporary relocation site all along. A move to Glendale would put the Sun Devils' home games more than 26 miles from Sun Devil Stadium.
Chase Field has hosted football games a handful of times since being built as Bank One Ballpark for the Diamondbacks in 1998. It was the home of the Insight Bowl from 2000 to 2005. In January 2012, it hosted the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, a high school all-star game.
ASU is set to play six home games during the 2015 season, including non-conference games against New Mexico and Cal Poly.
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