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Notre Dame’s $400 million renovations include 3,000-4,000 premium seats

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Notre Dame revealed plans for a $400 university renovation project that will see some upgrades to storied Notre Dame Stadium in the coming years. According to a press release from the university outlining the details of the project, Notre Dame Stadium will have three structures added to the stadium for various activities and the addition of anywhere between 3,000 and 4,000 premium club seats.

“At a time when so many would call into question the viability of the collegiate sports model in America, it is fitting that Notre Dame, a perennial leader in the measures of academic performance by student-athletes, offers a bold vision providing emphatic evidence that the full integration of athletics into the academic mission of a university is not only possible but desirable,” said Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame’s vice president and director of athletics. “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.”

The expansion on the west side of Notre Dame Stadium will serve as a center for student life services with space for a recreation center and career center. On the east side of the stadium will be a building dedicated for the anthropology and psychology departments as well as a digital media center. The south expansion will house the Department of Music and the Sacred Music at Notre Dame. As you read through the details of the expansion, you can see how it may benefit the football program in the future.

Premium seating means big money for the school, if they can sell out the tickets. This being Notre Dame, that seems likely. The Irish are also updating the game day experience inside the stadium for all fans with the addition of an updated and modern scoreboard in the south end. Having all of those other services literally attached to the football stadium also makes for a more attractive football program and beyond. At this time no seating changes will take place in the two lower bowls of the stadium. A total capacity for the stadium once the project is completed has not been confirmed.

What is interesting is that Notre Dame chose to make the football stadium the center of the campus renovations and upgrades. The first question on the project’s website asks why the decision was made to build around the stadium.

“Currently, the stadium is used just 10 to 12 times a year,” the website explains. “In 2013, the University formed an oversight committee of faculty and staff tasked with studying an ambitious concept: how to make this campus crossroads a year-round hub for academic and student life. With assistance from outside consultants with expertise in architecture, engineering, technology, food services, and student life, that group helped craft the bold plan detailed on this website.”

The project is not starting overnight though. Expect the project plans to become reality within the next two years and it should take an estimated 33 months to complete. There are no plans to rename Notre Dame Stadium.

Artist rendering via Notre Dame Athletics.

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6 Responses to “Notre Dame’s $400 million renovations include 3,000-4,000 premium seats”
  1. mrlaloosh says: Jan 29, 2014 11:52 AM

    That’s a lot for 400 bucks.

  2. bobwheel says: Jan 29, 2014 4:21 PM

    Do you think they’ll use some of the $ to reinforce the video tower on the practice field?

  3. jimbo75025 says: Jan 29, 2014 5:41 PM

    Does the $400 million include a renovation (lap band) for Brian Kellys gut?

  4. rocket1988 says: Jan 29, 2014 6:07 PM

    ND is involved with all OSHA requirements on scissor lifts because of the Sullivan tragedy. Go comment somewhere else troll.

  5. queenlivekillers says: Jan 29, 2014 8:33 PM

    I see a ticket price increase in roughly two years…

  6. seanb20124 says: Jan 29, 2014 9:03 PM

    Seems like you need more than 10-12 events a year to maximize profits. Also no mention of artificial turf

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