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Arizona Stadium stands as a testament to the history and continuing tradition of Arizona football. Built in 1928 with only 7,000 seats on the west side of the field has grown in to a 56,000-seat facility that combines old-style charm with modern conveniences. It is simply a great place to play and watch a game. On top of a terrific view of the game more than half the seats provide sweeping vistas of the campus and nearby city skyline, as well as the Santa Catalina Mountains. Arizona football has played 429 games in the stadium with a .631 winning percentage. There have been many great games at Arizona Stadium, especially against the in-state rival, Arizona State. A crowd of 59,920 witnessed the Arizona-Arizona State game on Nov. 23 1996. There were four other sellouts (UCLA, Arizona State, Colorado State, California) in 1994 that were close to that record (58,000+). The “Ring of Fame” surrounds the stadium which honors former football players who have either been named to All-America teams, or players who have been national statistical leader. All the bowl games that the Wildcats have played in are featured as well around the stadium.
As Arizona football grew, so did the facilities surrounding it. In 1989, a $6.3 million structure housing the media, skyboxes, and loge seating was added to accommodate increased interest in the football program. The four-story skybox put Arizona Stadium in first-class company, with a first level of 319 loge seats, a second level 13 suites, a third level with a President’s Box and 10 suites, and the media center on the fourth level. The changes to Arizona Stadium continues as the football program grows. Coach Stoops wanted his players to be comfortable and prepared prior to, during and after the games so he had the stadium locker room remodeled for the 2004 season.