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University of Arizona

The north end zone expansion will add premium seating and a home for football offices.
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ARIZONA

Arizona Stadium
Built: 1928
Project cost: $72 million
Renovation designer: Heery
Last major renovation: 1989

Where it stands: Construction is halfway complete for the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility in the north end zone, which will add about 575 premium seats, distributed among club boxes and traditional outdoor club seats. In addition, new concessions and restrooms as part of the north end zone expansion will improve the game-day experience, said Athletic Director Greg Byrne.

When the project is completed, fixed seating will remain at 57,000. The four-story building will house coaches offices, locker rooms, a weight room, players lounge, a public cafeteria, and facilities for medical and television production.

“We are the last BCS program that had its football operations in the basketball arena,” Byrne said.

At the request of new coach Rich Rodriguez, the school also plans to install artificial turf for next season at a cost of $3 million.

Premium seat details: The club boxes seat two and four people and have movable chairs and small TVs. As of mid-September, school officials were still adjusting the number of seats and had not established prices.

Financing: The project is named for two donors providing a combined $23 million to help finance construction. Donations, in addition to $60 million in bonds and revenue generated by the new Pac-12 Networks, are funding the expansion. Up to $1.8 million a year in television income can be used to pay stadium debt, Byrne said.

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