Sun Devil stadium $400,000 in red

Updated: August 18, 2003, 3:14 AM ET

PHOENIX -- For the second consecutive year, Arizona State University's stadium management department has ended with a deficit.

The deficit is being blamed on dwindling Arizona Cardinals ticket sales and increased security at Tempe's Sun Devil stadium.

Prospects of reducing the budget gap are slim, in part because of the "unappealing" Cardinals home football schedule for the 2003 season, ASU officials said in a report to the Arizona Board of Regents.

Regent Jack Jewett said that any budget shortfall is a problem for ASU and that he hopes the Cardinals will do better and attract more fans.

If the deficit continues until 2006, when the Cardinals leave for Glendale, ASU will be out of luck in getting the money back.

"I wish they would win some games," Jewett said. "Fans like winners." The team won five regular-season games last year and lost 11.

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