Game Day Guide
Name: Sun Devil Stadium
Cactus Bowl Capacity: 71,706
Playing Surface: Natural (Hybrid Bermuda grass)
Lighting: Four banks of quartz-iodide flood lights suspended 200 feet over the playing field.
Stadium Height: 122 feet from playing field to top of grandstand, approximately 12 stories.
Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium has played host to some of the best football games for more than four decades.
It has hosted Arizona State University football games since 1958. It has hosted five Tostitos Fiesta Bowl national championships and it played host to the 1996 Super Bowl. The stadium was the home of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl for 35 years and the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals for 18 seasons. Beginning in 2006, Sun Devil Stadium became the new home of the Cactus Bowl.
With the south end expansion completed and the press and sky boxes in place, and with an expanded cantilevered upper deck (1977), Sun Devil Stadium boasts a capacity of 71,706.
The expansion of 1988 added almost 1,700 seats to the stadium’s capacity. Also added was the Intercollegiate Athletic Complex at the structure’s south end, which is now named the Nadine and Ed Carson Student Athlete Center. A state-of-the-art scoreboard and four-color video replay board were also added.
During the 1978 expansion, design features enabled the stadium to be modernized without light supports, sound system supports, or construction pillars in the viewing line of the spectators.
The press box and skybox facility, which sits atop the upper deck on the west side, contains two 30-suite levels of skyboxes renovated in 1999 and is topped by the press box and eight additional private suites. The facility also boasts its own television production room.
Served by four industrial-sized elevators – one for the media and three for the public – the facility has working space for more than 200 sportswriters, booth space for broadcasters, statistical crews, scoreboard operations and a rooftop camera deck in addition to suite seating for more than 900 fans.
The bowl (south) end was connected by the dramatic ICA Complex and the extension of the loge-level seats. Locker rooms also were added in the north end visiting teams. Two new scoreboards were put in place in 1999. The color video replay system, situated in the southeast corner, offers fans instant replays of game action. A complementary matrix board for messages and statistical information sits in the southwest corner.