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Arizona StadiumArizona Wildcats

540 N. Vine Street, Tucson, AZ, 85721
    Arizona Stadium is a college football stadium in Tucson, Arizona, United States. It is the home field of the University of Arizona Wildcats football team, which plays in Pacific-12 Conference. Originally constructed in 1928 to hold 7,000 spectators, the stadium's seating capacity has been expanded numerous times since. In 2009, the university announced major expansion plans for the facility, and as of 2012, the stadium had a total capacity of 51,811. The facility also includes various academic offices, including the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab.

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    History

    Located in central Tucson, Arizona Stadium has been home to University of Arizona Wildcats football since 1928. Initially, stadium capacity was 7,000, with the only seating located on the stadium's west side. Arizona's first game at the facility was October 12, 1929 when the Wildcats defeated Caltech 35-0. Capacity was increased to 10,000 in 1938 when seats were constructed on the stadium's east side. 4,000 seats were added to both end zones in 1947. In 1950, a horseshoe configuration was constructed around the south end zone resulting in the addition of almost 8,700 seats. A multi-level press box and 10,000 seats were added to the west grandstand in 1965. The east side of the stadium received a second tier, consisting of 17,000 seats, in 1976, as the Wildcats prepared to leave the WAC for the Pac-8 in 1978. In 1981, the track team stopped using the stadium and the track was removed. Permanent seating was placed at the north end zone in 1988. Following the 1988 season, a new press box with luxury sky boxes was built. The sky boxes include a 319 loge seats on the first level, 23 luxury suites between the 2nd and 3rd levels, and a media level on the 4th floor. Because the stadium was in place, the sky boxes are built so that the structure is cantilevered out over the west edge of the stadium seats, without actually touching the stadium. Prior to the 1999 season, a new scoreboard with a video monitor was installed. The Copper Bowl (now known as the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl) was a postseason bowl game based in Tucson and held at Arizona Stadium for ten years before moving to Phoenix (the game is now played in Tempe at Sun Devil Stadium, home to Arizona's instate rival Arizona State). In January 2011, it was announced that a new 5,356-square-foot (497.6 m2) video board would be installed above the south stands in time for the 2011 season. It is the fourth-largest video screen in college football (third-largest if non-college-exclusive stadiums are excluded, as Miami shares Sun Life Stadium with the Miami Dolphins). In September 2009, UA announced 72.3 million sports expansion project, called the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, that would include an expansion of the north end zone stands. The expansion would include a four-story building that would house locker rooms, football offices, a weight training area, a cafeteria for student athletes, the new Sands Club, and new concessions and bathrooms. The project didn't break ground until after the 2011 season. Because the north bleachers were torn down and the project wouldn't be finished during the 2012 season, several rows of seats were added to the bottom of the south endzone in mid-2012. On July 1st of 2013, the project was completed and the team officially moved into the new facility. Because the football offices were formerly housed in the Mckale Center, there will now be additional room there for other sports. In addition to the new Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, the playing surface was upgraded from grass to FieldTurf. The new turf will allow the team to practice on the field during the week when previously it was off limits while the grass recovered between games. Because of the extreme temperatures in Tucson, the Arizona Athletic Department chose Revolution CoolPlay FieldTurf, which is designed to keep the surface temperatures cooler than with other artificial turf. FieldTurf is used by more than half of the teams in the PAC-12 and by many other schools around the nation.

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    • Arizona Stadium
      540 N. Vine Street   Tucson, AZ 85721
      Call at (520) 621-2211

    Venue Details

    • 1928
    • $166888
    • University of Arizona
    • Outdoor
    • Roy Place
    • Yes
    • No
    • Grass
    • 51811

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