South Bend, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - A wide ranging building project at Notre
Dame will expand the football stadium by some 4,000 seats.
The $400 million project is considered the largest in the 172-year history of
the storied the school and will create more than 750,000 square feet in three
new buildings attached to the west, east and south sides of the stadium.
"We believe the investment in these new facilities, which will house new
research and teaching venues, several academic departments, a much-expanded
student center, a digital media center and a variety of hospitality and
programming spaces, will greatly enhance the campus experience for all those
who study, live, work here and visit Notre Dame, as well as new amenities that
will deliver outstanding game day experiences for Irish fans," said Notre Dame
president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
Construction will begin in two years, or sooner, and will take about 33 months
The plan features three new structures attached to and serving the stadium --
a west building for student life services, including space for student
organizations, a recreation center and career center; an east building for the
anthropology and psychology departments and a digital media center; and a
south building for the Department of Music and the Sacred Music at Notre Dame
Buildings for the east and west will include some 3,000 to 4,000 premium seats
for the football stadium with supporting club amenities. A hospitality area
also is planned for the new building on the south end of the stadium.
Current capacity for Notre Dame Stadium, built in 1930, is 80,795 and should
increase to about 84,000. It was last expanded, with a superstructure around
the original brickwork, in 1997.
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