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Company will beer-proof ASU stadium

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) ‹ Arizona taxpayers have $10 million reasons to cry over spilled beer.

That's the tab to waterproof Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University and fix the damage caused by beer-swigging NFL fans and the crews who hose the place off afterward.

The nearly 50-year-old stadium held up just fine for its first 30 years. Then, in 1988, the Arizona Cardinals started playing games at the Tempe landmark ‹ and the beer started flowing for the first time.

Designed for a dry climate and only the occasional desert downpour, the stadium's maintenance crews had to start hosing it down after games to get the beer washed off.

"When beer spills, it's sticky and it smells," ASU Chief Financial Officer Carol Campbell said.

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