Arizona Stadium

Arizona Stadium is an outdoor college football stadium in Tucson, Arizona, on the campus of the University of Arizona. It is the home field of the Arizona Wildcats of the Pac-12 Conference.

Originally constructed in 1929 to hold 7,000 spectators, the stadium's seating capacity has been expanded numerous times since. As of 2016, the stadium has a total capacity of 55,675. The facility also includes the offices of the Wildcat football program, as well as some non-athletic academic offices, including the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab.

Arizona Stadium
Home of the Wildcats
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Arizona Stadium in October 2011
Arizona Stadium is located in Arizona
Arizona Stadium
Arizona Stadium
Location in Arizona
Arizona Stadium is located in the United States
Arizona Stadium
Arizona Stadium
Location in the United States
Location545 N National Champion Drive
Tucson, Arizona
Coordinates32°13′44″N 110°56′56″W / 32.229°N 110.949°WCoordinates: 32°13′44″N 110°56′56″W / 32.229°N 110.949°W
Public transitTram interchange Tucson Sun Link
at 2nd/Cherry
OwnerUniversity of Arizona
OperatorUniversity of Arizona
Capacity55,675 (2014–present)[1]
56,037 (2013)[2]
51,811 (2012)[3]
56,100 (2011)
57,400 (2007–2010)
56,002 (2000–2006)
56,500 (1999)
57,803 (1994–1998)
56,167 (1991–1993)
56,092 (1989–1990)
55,197 (1988)
51,955 (1986–1987)
51,952 (1984–1985)
55,352 (1983)
57,000 (1975–1981)
40,000 (1965–1974)
25,500 (1961–1964)
26,700 (1953–1960)
22,671 (1950–1952)
17,000 (1947–1949)
11,000 (1938–1946)
8,000 (1934–1937)
7,000 (1928–1933)
Record attendance59,920 (November 23, 1996 vs. Arizona State)
SurfaceFieldTurf (2013– )
Grass (1928–2012)
Construction
Broke groundMarch - April 1929
OpenedOctober 12, 1929[6]
Renovated2013
Expanded1938, 1947, 1950,
1965, 1976, 1988,
1990, 2011–2013
Construction cost$166,888[4]
($2.44 million in 2018 dollars[5])
ArchitectRoy Place[4]
Project managerJ. F. Garfield[4]
General contractorOrndorff Construction Co.[4]
Tenants
Arizona Wildcats (NCAA) (1929–present)
Copper Bowl (NCAA) (1989–1999)
Arizona Bowl (NCAA) (2015–present)

History

Located in central Tucson, Arizona Stadium has been home to University of Arizona Wildcats football since 1929. 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.

The Copper Bowl (now known as the Cactus 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).

Expansion and renovation

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.[7] Because the stadium was in place, the sky boxes are built so that the structure is cantilevered out over the western edge of the stadium seats, without actually touching the stadium. Prior to the 1999 season, a new scoreboard with a video monitor was installed.

In January 2011, it was announced that a new 5,356-square-foot (498 m2) video board would be installed above the south stands in time for the 2011 season. It is the seventh-largest video screen in college football (sixth-largest if non-college-exclusive stadiums are excluded, as Miami shares Hard Rock Stadium with the Miami Dolphins).[8]

In September 2009, Arizona announced plans for the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, a $72.3 million north end-zone project with seats and luxury boxes atop a four-story complex housing locker rooms, football offices, a weight training area, a cafeteria for student athletes, the upscale Sands Club, and new concessions and bathrooms.[9][10] The project broke ground after the conclusion of 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 1 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, more room was made there for Wildcats basketball and the other Arizona athletic programs.

In addition to the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, the playing surface was changed from natural Bermuda grass to FieldTurf, an infilled synthetic turf. The new surface allows 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 sun and temperatures in Tucson, the athletic department chose Revolution CoolPlay FieldTurf, designed to keep the surface temperatures cooler than with other artificial turf.[11] It utilizes cork rather than crumb rubber as the top dressing.[12] FieldTurf is used by more than half of the teams in the Pac-12 Conference and by many other schools around the nation.

Structure, facilities, and other uses

The football field runs in the traditional north–south configuration and the new artificial Field Turf sits at an elevation of 2,430 feet (740 m) above sea level.[13] The ZonaZoo student section takes up 9,000 seats on lower east sideline, making it one of the larger student sections in the Pac-12 Conference. The west side bleachers are generally reserved for season ticket holders and the visiting team gets a section in the southwest corner.

The facility also includes two dormitories, Pinal and Navajo, under the south stands. The Steward Observatory Mirror Lab, a mirror fabrication facility for large telescopes, sits under the east wing.[14] As mentioned above, there are also offices located in the Lowell-Stevens facility housing Football Operations.

In May 2013, the university held spring commencement ceremonies in the stadium for the first time since 1972 (they had been held in McKale Center after it opened in 1973). A reported 25,000 friends and family were in attendance at the ceremony and following light show and fireworks display.[15]

Concerts

The stadium has been the site of several concerts, including Fleetwood Mac in 1977 and a Jay-Z concert with Kelly Clarkson in 2009.

Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Notes
August 27, 1977 Fleetwood Mac Rumours Tour
April 29, 2009 Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted Summer Fair Tour This concert was a part of "Last Smash Platinum Bash"[16][17]

In film

In 1983, the stadium's parking lot, located on the northeast end of the facility, was one of several filming locations for the 20th Century Fox comedy Revenge of the Nerds. The film's Adams College Greek Games sequence was shot in the space on Cherry Avenue between East 4th Street and East University Boulevard.[18]

Gallery

Arizona Stadium Wide Angle

Looking west from the visiting team's section, with the press box on the left and the new video board on the right. Taken in 2011.

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Arizona Stadium, looking towards the east side and the Mirror Lab 2009

Arizona Stadium East Side

The east side of the stadium, with ZonaZoo, the official student seating section, closest to the field.

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Arizona Stadium's former scoreboard, torn down after the 2011–2012 season

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Arizona Stadium at the start of a football game

UAScoreboard

The scoreboard and video display at the south end of Arizona Stadium, as installed for the 2011 season.

See also

References

  1. ^ "2014 Arizona Football Media Guide" (PDF). University of Arizona Athletic Department. p. 96. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 8, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "2013 Arizona Football Prospectus" (PDF). University of Arizona Athletic Department. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 8, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  3. ^ 2012 Arizona Football Prospectus
  4. ^ a b c d Places in the Sun - The West Stadium
  5. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  6. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/clip/23244746/arizona_stadium_dedicated/
  7. ^ http://www.arizonawildcats.com/facilities/ariz-stadium.html
  8. ^ Ames, John (January 11, 2011). "Byrne: North End Zone Project Full-Speed Ahead". Arizona Daily Star. Tucson. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-21. Retrieved 2013-06-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Finley, Patrick (September 2, 2009). "UA's $378M Sports Upgrade". Arizona Daily Star. Tucson. Retrieved September 2, 2009.
  11. ^ http://www.arizonawildcats.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/013013aaa.html
  12. ^ Atwood, Emily (February 2013). "Cooling solutions trending in synthetic turf industry". Athletic Business. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  13. ^ USGS topographic map
  14. ^ Steward Observatory Mirror Lab
  15. ^ http://commencement.arizona.edu/
  16. ^ Parker-McClain, Dana (May 8, 2009). "Platinum Bash Not A Smash". Pollstar. Archived from the original on December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  17. ^ http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue/2009/05/06/115859-ua-group-vows-more-concert-bashes-despite-1m-loss-on-jay-z/
  18. ^ http://www.thennowmovielocations.com/2016/04/revenge-of-nerds.html?m=1

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1931 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1931 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1931 college football season. In their first and only season under head coach Fred Enke, the Wildcats compiled a 3–5–1 record (1–1–1 against Border opponents), finished third in the conference, and were outscored by their opponents, 149 to 72. The team captain was Horace Collier. The team played its home games at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

1934 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1934 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1934 college football season. In their second season under head coach Tex Oliver, the Wildcats compiled a 7–2–1 record (2–1–1 against Border opponents), finished in third place in the conference, and outscored their opponents, 138 to 54. The team captain was Bud Robinson. The team played its home games at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

1935 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1935 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1935 college football season. In their third season under head coach Tex Oliver, the Wildcats compiled a 7–2 record (4–0 against Border opponents), won the conference championship, and outscored their opponents, 218 to 45. The team captain was Charles Cochran. The team played its home games at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

1936 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1936 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1936 college football season. In their fourth season under head coach Tex Oliver, the Wildcats compiled a 5–2–3 record (3–0–1 against Border opponents), won the conference championship, and outscored their opponents, 190 to 54. The team played its home games at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

1937 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1937 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1937 college football season. In their fifth and final season under head coach Tex Oliver, the Wildcats compiled an 8–2 record (3–1 against Border opponents), finished in third place in the conference, and outscored their opponents, 194 to 88. The team played its home games at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona, except for one home game against Oklahoma A&M that was played at Phoenix Union High School in Phoenix, Arizona.

1940 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1940 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1940 college football season. In their second season under head coach Mike Casteel, the Wildcats compiled a 7–2 record (3–1 against Border opponents), finished in second place in the conference, and outscored their opponents, 204 to 83. The team captain was John Black. The team played its home games at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

1941 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1941 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1941 college football season. In their third season under head coach Mike Casteel, the Wildcats compiled a 7–3 record (5–0 against Border opponents), finished in a tie for the conference championship, and outscored their opponents, 253 to 146. The team captain was Emil Banjavicic. The team played its home games at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

1942 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1942 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1942 college football season. In their fourth season under head coach Mike Casteel, the Wildcats compiled a 6–4 record (4–2 against Border opponents), finished in fourth place in the conference, and outscored their opponents, 189 to 139. The team captain was Murl M. McCain, Jr. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

1946 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1946 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1946 college football season. In their sixth season under head coach Mike Casteel, the Wildcats compiled a 4–4–2 record (2–2–1 against Border opponents), finished in fourth place in the conference, and outscored their opponents, 218 to 136. The team captain was Virgil Floyd Marsh. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

1948 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1948 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1948 college football season. In their eighth and final season under head coach Mike Casteel, the Wildcats compiled a 6–5 record (3–2 against Border opponents), finished in a tie for third place in the conference, lost to Drake in the 1949 Salad Bowl, and were outscored by their opponents, 246 to 167. The team captains were Harry Varner and Art Converse. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

1949 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1949 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1949 college football season. In their first season under head coach Robert Winslow, the Wildcats compiled a 2–7–1 record (2–4 against Border opponents) and were outscored by opponents, 298 to 118. The team captains were Max Spilsbury and Roy Rivenburg. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

1950 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1950 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1950 college football season. In their second season under head coach Robert Winslow, the Wildcats compiled a 4–6 record (2–4 against Border opponents) and were outscored by their opponents, 257 to 214. The team captain was Eddie Wolgast. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

1951 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1951 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1951 college football season. In their third and final season under head coach Robert Winslow, the Wildcats compiled a 6–5 record (3–3 against Border opponents) and were outscored by their opponents, 270 to 246. The team captains were Jim Donarski and Bill Glazier. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

1952 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1952 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1952 college football season. In their first season under head coach Warren B. Woodson, the Wildcats compiled a 6–4 record (3–2 against Border opponents) and outscored their opponents, 285 to 155. The team captains were Jim Donarski and Dick Christiansen. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

1956 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1956 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Border Conference during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. In their fifth and final season under head coach Warren B. Woodson, the Wildcats compiled a 4–6 record (1–2 against Border opponents) and were outscored by their opponents, 182 to 180. The team captains were Paul Hatcher and Art Luppino. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

The team's statistical leaders included Ralph Hunsaker with 823 passing yards, Sal Gonzalez with 337 rushing yards, and Eddie Sine with 163 receiving yards.

1963 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1963 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) during the 1963 college football season. In their fifth season under head coach Jim LaRue, the Wildcats compiled a 5–5 record (2–2 against WAC opponents), finished in a tie for third place in the WAC, and were outscored by their opponents, 166 to 136. The team captains were Ted Christy and Gerald Zeman. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

The team's statistical leaders included Bill Brechler with 550 passing yards, Jim Oliver with 214 rushing yards, and Rickie Harris with 173 receiving yards.

1964 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1964 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) during the 1964 college football season. In their sixth season under head coach Jim LaRue, the Wildcats compiled a 6–3–1 record (3–1 against WAC opponents), finished in a three-way for the WAC championship, and outscored their opponents, 147 to 76. Team captains were John Briscoe and Larry Fairholm. The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

The team's statistical leaders included Lou White with 419 passing yards, Floyd Hudlow with 402 rushing yards, and Rickie Harris with 391 receiving yards.

1996 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1996 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their tenth season under head coach Dick Tomey, the Wildcats compiled a 5–6 record (3–5 against Pac-10 opponents), finished in a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10, and outscored their opponents, 310 to 280.The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona. On November 23, 1996, the team drew a record crowd of 59,920 to Arizona Stadium to watch a 56-14 loss to Arizona State. As of September 2016, this remains the Arizona Stadium attendance record. The Wildcats allowed 450 rushing yards in the loss to the Sun Devils. The highlight of the Arizona State game for the Wildcats was a 98-yard interception return, the second longest in program history, by Mikal Smith.Team records set during the 1996 season included: three interception returns for touchdown in a game (vs. Illinois); eight touchdowns allowed in a game (vs. California); 16 touchdowns scored in a Pac-10 game (vs. UCLA); 659 yards of total offense allowed in a Pac-10 game (vs. California); and 450 rushing yards allowed in a Pac-10 game (vs. Arizona State).The team's statistical leaders included Keith Smith with 1,450 passing yards, Gary Taylor with 564 rushing yards, and Jeremy McDaniel with 607 receiving yards. Linebacker Chester Burnett led the team with 124 tackles.

Arizona Wildcats football

The Arizona Wildcats football program represents the University of Arizona in the sport of American college football. Arizona competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12).

Arizona officially began competing in intercollegiate football in 1889. The school joined the Pac-10 Conference in 1978 alongside rival Arizona State, and became a member of the Pac-12 South Division when the conference realigned in 2011. Arizona has won six conference championships, including the 1993 Pac-10 title, and have appeared in 21 bowl games.

Arizona's home stadium is Arizona Stadium, which opened in 1939 and has a capacity of 55,675. Arizona's archrival is in-state foe Arizona State Sun Devils. The Wildcats and Sun Devils meet annually in the Territorial Cup. As heading into the 2018 season, Arizona's all-time record is 607–451–33.

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