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Photo: Arizona State will demolish part of Sun Devil Stadium's upper deck after this season

Arizona State has announced its intentions to demolish the north end zone upper deck of Sun Devil Stadium as part of its grand plan to renovate the 55-year old stadium. 

The project will remove 5,700 seats, bringing capacity down to 66,000 for the 2014 season. Arizona State averages 62,295 fans per game through three 2013 home dates, and will bring Notre Dame to Tempe next season. 

This project represents just the first stage of a two-part refurbishing to the Sun Devils' long-time home. Stage two could include pushing Arizona State home games to Phoenix's Chase Field, home of Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks, for the 2015 season. All told, the project could cost up to $300 million and put the new capacity somewhere between 55,000 and 65,000. 

Below is a rendering of how the north end of Sun Devil Stadium will look next season, provided by the Arizona State athletics department. Construction is scheduled to begin after the December 28 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. 

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