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Stadium renovation costs could fall on students

Posted at 5:45 PM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-30 10:26:29-05
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Arizona students and fans may soon be footing some of the bill for improvements to Arizona Stadium.
 
UA Athletics is looking to renovate parts of the stadium that are nearly a century old and they are looking to students and ticket holders for some of the money.
 
"This is just again old dorms here that we use now for storage and what we'd eventually like to do is to rip all this out and start fresh," said Greg Byrne, Arizona Athletics Director.
 
The space behind the bleachers at Arizona Stadium is largely unused.
 
Byrne says the room would serve much better in areas where fans are now tightly packed during game day.
 
"Literally, we ask thousands of people to get to their seats, to leave their seats, to come in and use concessions."
 
And to wait in line for the restrooms.
 
The estimated $150,000,000 in renovations would also include major upgrades to existing restrooms, making them more like those in Lowell-Stevens addition.
 
The stands would also be upgraded from bleachers to individual stadium-style seating.
 
Ticket prices would go up an estimated 14-18% to cover the cost.
 
New, incoming students could see a $200 fee tacked on to their tuition.
 
A move some current students don't really think is fair. 
 
"Not everybody goes to the football games, so I would feel upset to know that I would have to pay for something I am never gonna use or never gonna see," said a student. "I think it should be for people who have a Zona Zoo pass. Maybe for their fund to go up, but not for everybody across the board."
 
The $200 student fee would include a Zona Zoo pass.
 
Byrne says they will be surveying students before the final decision is made.
 
The earliest construction could begin is in two to three years.