of the best playing facilities in America, Arizona
Stadium presents an impressive face from inside or
outside the facility. Simply, it's a great place to
play or watch a game.
large enough on the eastern side that the University
built a world-class telescope mirror laboratory beneath
the stands, where in 1996 researchers cast an 8.4-meter
reflector, the world's largest single-piece telescope
mirror. The west facade from outside is dominated
by the four huge columns supporting the pressbox and
suites more than 100 feet above.
inside, every seat has an uncluttered view of the
playing surface and more than half the seats have
sweeping views of the nearby Santa Catalina Mountains,
campus and city skyline.
addition of the $6.3 million structure housing the
media, skyboxes and loge seating in 1989 put Arizona
Stadium in first-class company. A new scoreboard project
in 1993 added another technologically advanced asset
to the stadium.
four-story skybox includes a first level of 319 loge
seats, a second level of 13 suites, a third level
with a President's Box and ten suites and the media
center on the fourth level.
media center has 103 seats for the working press,
three radio booths, three network television booths,
coaching and administrative booths, a statistical
operations booth and other operations and VIP areas.
fourth level offers excellent media services and provides
UA officials with first-rate game operations.
Scholarship Suite/Media Center addition was designed
by Anderson, DeBartolo, Pan Inc., and the Sundt Corp.
of Tucson was general contractor.
most challenging part of the project required building
four 100,000-pound cantilever sections from which
the structure is suspended. Constructing the cantilevers
required a complex slip-forming operation taking place
more than 100 feet in the air. The new structure hangs
over the existing stadium but does not touch it. In
addition, new light standards were installed atop
the media center.
Foundation financed the project by issuing double
tax-exempt bonds under the Arizona Municipal Financing
Program. Leases from Scholarship Suites and loge seats
will fund the retirement of the bonds and in the future
provide scholarships for athletes and the general
student body. The amount of money available for scholarships
has grown in successive years.
suite includes 12 theater-type seats with patrons
provided the opportunity to purchase six additional
tickets to the individual suite. The suites are equipped
with closed-circuit television and audio choice of
crowd, public address or radio broadcast feeds.
same ban on containers and alcohol exists on game
days in the suites as in all other Arizona Stadium
individual suites lease for $24,500 per year with
a five-year commitment. The individual loge seats
range from $1,200 per year to $1,800 per year, depending
upon the yardline.
new facility was only part of the improvements to
the stadium. New concession and rest room facilities
on the northwest and northeast corners of the stadium
were added at ground level, and a renovated and enlarged
Stadium Club was completed in 1990. A new sound system
was added in 1991 and the stadium boasts a brand new
scoreboard installed for the 1993 season.
improvements bring the stadium in line with the playing
surface which has been lauded for many years by Wildcats
and foes alike. The turf is a Bermuda Tiff, transplanted
to the Stadium from Tucson Nation Golf Club when cart
paths were added in the mid 1970s.
A Sports Illustrated survey in 1986 rated the Arizona stadium
turf as one of the two best in America.
modern media center is the third press box to service
the media at Arizona Stadium. Arizona's increased
coverage, especially as the program moved into the
Pacific-10 Conference, outgrew the first two structures.
The second box quickly became overcrowded when the
University administration replaced five radio and
television booths with a President's Box in 1966.
That structure and the entire press box were demolished
in January 1989 during the Scholarship Suite/Media
Stadium, with a permanent capacity of 57,803, has served
as home for the University's football team since 1929.
This year will be the Wildcats' 66th home season in
the stadium, no games having been played during the
World War II years of 1943-44.
has played 384 games in the stadium, 307 of them at
night, winning 240, losing 132 and tying 12 for a
.640 winning percentage. The team has never failed
to win at least one game at home and has gone undefeated
nine times (10 times including tie games). UA tied
its best home record at 6-0 in 1993 (also 6-0 in 1961).
The worst, 1-5-1, came in 1957. UA was 3-3 last year.
stadium record crowd of 58,817 witnessed the Oct.
22, 1994 victory over UCLA, 34-24.
in 1994 the team came close to that record figure
with three other sellout crowds -- 58,810 (Arizona
State), 58,534 (Colorado State) and 58,374 (California).
That was the third consecutive year (and the only
three times) there had been two sellouts in a season
since the 1976 expansion project. UA averaged 56,612
per game in 1993, the highest in history.
Arizona Stadium seated 7,000 persons with all seats
on the west side between the end zones. Ground was
broken in December 1928, with the Wildcats playing
and winning their first game on Oct. 12, 1929 (35-0
vs. California Tech). The first night game was played
Sept. 25, 1931 (8-0 loss to San Diego State).
1938, an additional 3,000 seats were added between
the 25-yard lines on the east side, boosting capacity
to 10,000. Nine years later, the end zones were filled,
increasing capacity to 14,000. The horseshoe at the
south end of the stadium was completed in 1950, giving
the facility a total of 22,671 seats.
the way it stayed until 1965 when expansion on the
west side provided 10,000 new seats, along with the
80-foot, multi-level pressbox. A two-tier addition
to the east stands, adding 17,000 seats, was completed
for the 1976 season. It was selected one of six outstanding
architectural projects in the Rocky Mountain States
for 1977 by the AIA and presented to Finical and Dombrowski,
Architects and Engineers of Tucson. Permanent north-end
bleacher seating for 4,500 was added in 1988, and
can be expanded in the future.
computerized scoreboard with illustrated message center
was added in 1982 along with two smaller scoreboards
in the southeast and southwest ends of the stadium.
Those were replaced in 1993 with a newer model sponsored
by Bank of America Arizona and Intergroup Healthcare
Corp., plus Safeway, America West Airlines and Waste
Management of Tucson.
main scoreboard system features full-color animation
and display capabilities designed by Premier Sports
Marketing of San Francisco.
Stadium serves as the home of the annual Copper Bowl
and has hosted Arizona high school playoffs in many