Graham: Arizona State Must Fill This Stadium

The Arizona State Sun Devils are in a fantastic position to win the Pac-12 this season, whether it is front of a crowd of fans or just a small gathering.

Head Coach Todd Graham knows that filling Sun Devil Stadium consistently is a top priority, right behind winning the conference, for the team to garner any kind of success in the future. According to AZ Central, the Sun Devils saw a nine percent decrease in attendance last season, despite the team going 10-2 and coming off of a first place finish in the Pac-12 South in 2013.

The stadium is currently being renovated, but it will not be finished until the 2017 season. Graham hopes that a conference title and competing for a National Title will excite the students and fans enough for the future.

“I know that it’s uncomfortable for people that we’re phasing it over a couple years, but in 2017, to kick off that season we’re going to have a brand new stadium and a brand new football complex that’s going to be state of the art,” Graham told AZ Central.

With the Sun Devils opening the season in Houston against Texas A&M, a win could be a perfect appetizer to main course for the 2015 attendance. The Aggies are expected to be ranked in the preseason Top 25, which would make them the Sun Devil’s first ranked opponent to start the season since Nebraska in 2002.

The Sun Devils host USC, Oregon, and rival Arizona in 2015 and if Graham adds onto his 12-1 record in Sun Devil Stadium, there’s no doubt that the renovated stadium will be flooded with fans come 2017.

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