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Arizona Wildcats Stadium Renovation Moving Quickly, New Seats In Place

The Arizona Wildcats are currently in the process of upgrading their football stadium with a 72 million dollar project that was primarily funded by private donations. The project is not expected to be completed until the start of the 2013 season, but the construction crews have made a ton of progress in recent months.

We'll take a look at what's been done at Arizona Stadium to this point, and what will be done in the next year.

You can follow along with this webcam that keeps an eye on the renovations.

If you haven't seen the upgrades made since the end of the 2011 season, the most obvious one is the closed off north end zone section. What used to be separate bleachers are now replaced with permanent seating that has closed the whole stadium off. The upgrade in seating will add about 2,000 more fans to Arizona Stadium on game day.

Behind the new seats is the (soon to be) football operations and suites building. The building will house the football offices for the program, introduce new suites for boosters and special visitors, and will also feature a new cafeteria for all students to use.

New locker rooms will also be built, which is a much-needed improvement for the players and coaches. These upgrades will give UA some of the best facilities on the west coast, something that is a must to recruit at the highest level.

It'll be fun to monitor the construction process in the coming months. There's still a lot of work to be done, but everything is still on track to be fully operational by September 2013.

For more on the Wildcats, check out AZ Desert Swarm.