TEMPE, AZ - Michael Crow announced Tuesday that ASU football will be sharing Chase Field with the Arizona Diamondbacks during renovations to Sun Devil Stadium that may start as early as 2015.
Crow broke the news Tuesday at a press conference originally planned to announce Sun Devil baseball's move to Phoenix Municipal Stadium in 2015.
ASU announced the renovations earlier this month, which will force Sun Devil football to vacate the stadium for at least two seasons, according to the Phoenix Business Journal . The alternative would have been to complete the renovations over 10-year increments by closing sections of the stadium at a time.
Derek Hall, president of the Arizona Diamondbacks, said he was not aware of the announcement and that the news "came as a surprise to us."
"Our fiduciary responsibility is with the safety of all Major League players and the conditions on the field and this would pose a serious challenge if played in season," Hall said. "There may be an solution for the off season, as Chase Field is a great stadium for football, having hosted bowl games in the past."
The project will decrease overall capacity but add larger seats and a large canopy to shield fans and players from the sun. ASU estimated the cost at $300 million.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton told the Phoenix Business Journal that he was excited for Phoenix's opportunity to showcase its ability to host important sporting events like NCAA tournaments and Super Bowls.