Notre Dame unveils $400 million stadium expansion plans
NOTRE DAME — The University of Notre Dame announced a $400 million stadium renovation project Wednesday, Jan. 29.
It will be the largest building project in the 172-year history of the school, according to a release from the University.
Dubbed the "Campus Crossroads Project," renovations will include three new buildings totaling 750,000 square feet on the east, west and south sides of Notre Dame Stadium and an additional 3,000 to 4,000 open-air seats for fans. The project, expected to begin within the next two years, will take 33 months to complete.
The project's initiative focuses on an integration of athletics, classrooms and student life. The new buildings will house anthropology and psychology departments and a digital media center on the east side, a student center on the west side and music and sacred music departments on the south side.
“The integrated nature of this project will maintain the compact walkability of campus, facilitate deeper connection and collaboration across the various units of the University, and offer an exciting addition to what we believe is the best on-campus student learning experience in the country,” Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, said in a letter to the campus community.
"Coach Brian Kelly and I are thrilled that one of the most famous sports venues in the world will now also be known as one of the most innovative educational facilities," athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a statement.
The unveiled plans did not include announcements about video boards or FieldTurf, though the south building is expected to include "a scoreboard on the exterior." On the Campus Crossroad Project's Frequently Asked Questions section, the university said the extent of how it will provide video has yet to be determined.
A breakdown of the expansion:
- The West Building will be a nine-story student life center, including club seating for football, premium stadium seating, a 500-seat student ballroom and a career services center. The West Building will convert Rolfs Sports Recreation Center into the the new practice home for men's and women's basketball.
- The East Building will be a nine-story home to the anthropology and psychology departments and a 2,000-square-foot media center. Renovation plans include additional outdoor club seating for football games and the new press box and radio booths.
- The South Building will be a six-story home to the departments of music and sacred music and will include recital and rehearsal halls, a music library, a lounge and an exterior scoreboard.
- Additional stadium enhancements include 3,000 to 4,000 more seats in the stadium, 80 new faculty, improved wi-fi coverage and a redesigned Frank Leahy Gate.