Sun Devils and fans making moves inside Sun Devil Stadium
GLENDALE, Ariz. – The work being done to Sun Devil Stadium is being called the “Sun Devil Reinvention.” What this “reinvention” has allowed the stadium’s tenant – the Sun Devil football team – to do is coordinate things to make them more comfortable.
When Sun Devil fans step inside the stadium on September 12 for the Cal Poly game, they’ll notice that their team will be on the west sideline instead of the east. It’s a move that head coach Todd Graham has always wanted to make, ever since he arrived in Tempe, Ariz., in 2012.
Now his dream is a reality.
“There are many competitive advantages to changing our home sideline to the west side of the field, including getting us out of the sun during day games,” Graham said. “We already have the best home field advantage in the nation, and this will only enhance that even more.”
The opposition will be on the east sideline now, which means that Arizona State fans are going to have to shift right along with the team. Pac-12 rules prohibit students from sitting right behind a visiting team bench. That’s okay, because that made room for the creation of the “Double Inferno,” which will have student seating in the north and south end zones, making it even harder for teams to operate.
Arizona State was 5-1 at home last year, and is 16-4 under Graham at Sun Devil Stadium. The Sun Devils were undefeated (7-0) in Tempe in 2013. It was just the second time since 1997 (6-0) that Arizona State had a perfect home campaign. Since the stadium opened in 1958, the Sun Devils are 276-99-3 in the building.
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