Sun Devil Stadium, Frank Kush Field is an outdoor football stadium, located on the campus of Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona. The stadium's current seating capacity is 73,379 and the playing surface is natural grass.
It is home to the Arizona State Sun Devils of the Pacific-10 Conference. It has previously been the home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, from 1988 to 2005 and was the annual site of the Fiesta Bowl, from 1971 to 2006. It also served as the home stadium for the San Diego Chargers on October 27, 2003, when the NFL moved a game against the Miami Dolphins there due to wildfires in Southern California.
On June 5, 2009, it held down the first championship for the Phoenix high school's Passing League tournament.
The stadium has hosted concerts by many famous artists, including The Rolling Stones, U2, The Sugarcubes, Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine, Paul McCartney & Pink Floyd, among others.
Construction and upgrades
Built in 1958, the stadium's original capacity was just 30,000. The first addition in 1976 substantially raised the capacity to 57,722. Seating was added to the south end of the stadium, along with press and sky boxes. A year later, in 1977, the upper tier was completed to bring seating to 70,491. In 1988, 1,700 more seats were added to bring the facility to its current capacity. During that time the Carson Student Athlete Center was added to the south end. The building is the home of the ASU Athletic Department.
The first game played at the stadium was on October 4, 1958. Arizona State defeated West Texas State 16-13.
On September 21, 1996, the playing surface was named in honor of former ASU football coaching great Frank Kush, and the name of the stadium was changed from Sun Devil Stadium to Sun Devil Stadium, Frank Kush Field. That night ASU shut-out #1 Nebraska 19-0. The largest crowd ever seated for a college football game at the stadium was 80,470 for the 1999 Fiesta Bowl, were the Tennessee Volunteers beat the Florida State Seminoles, 23-16 on January 4, 1999 to win the National Championship.
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