On Wednesday morning the University of Notre Dame announced a stadium renovation project called the Campus Crossroads Project.
Some highlights from the University press release...
- This is the largest building project in the school's 172-year history
- 750,000 square feet of new space
- Projected cost of $400 million
- Hiring of 80 new faculty
- Construction to begin in 2 years or sooner and will take approximately 33 months to complete
- 3 new structures to be built on east, west, and south of the stadium
- 500-person ballroom
- Improved broadband capabilities
- "New" basketball practice facility
The relocation of the Department of Music and Sacred Music program will provide much needed new and state-of-the-art space for these growing programs. It also will put music into close proximity to other performing arts departments and programs.
- Level 1: Recital and rehearsal halls and the Leahy gate grand entrance to the stadium.
- Level 2: A large music library, to be relocated from the Hesburgh Library, classrooms and rehearsal and tutoring rooms.
- Level 3: A 350-person club/lounge.
- Level 4: Department of Music offices, practice rooms and storage.
- Level 5: The Sacred Music Program, offices, organ practice rooms and storage.
- Level 6: Mechanical, with a scoreboard on the exterior.
Offices and laboratories for the Departments of Anthropology and Psychology, which are housed in a variety of buildings on campus, now will be in one place and located closer to other social sciences departments, the College of Science and international institutes.
- Level 1: A digital media center with a 2,000-square-foot studio and production, teaching, learning, research and scholarship facilities for use by faculty, students, University Communications, athletics and information technology will position Notre Dame as a national leader in what is a rapidly expanding and increasingly important component of higher education. A control room will support faith-based programming, such as Masses at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, as well as athletics events, performing arts presentations and academic lectures and speeches.
- Level 2: Anthropology offices, administrative space, conference and tutoring areas and multifunction research and teaching labs.
- Levels 3, 4 and 5: Psychology offices, classrooms, labs, computer rooms and a student lounge.
- Level 6: Mechanical support.
- Level 7: Outdoor club seating for football, outdoor terraces and a large space that will double as a club area and flexible classroom.
- Level 8: Outdoor club seating for football.
- Level 9: Working press box, radio booths and a club area with indoor and outdoor premium seating for football.
Space designed to enhance student development and formation will dominate the nine-story west building. Planning has ensured that the new facility will complement the student organization space and administrative offices located in the historic LaFortune Student Center.
- Levels 1 and 2: Flexible, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, graduate and undergraduate student lounges, a dining area, student organization space and administrative offices.
- Levels 3 and 4: Recreational sports and fitness facilities (the Rolfs Sports Recreation Center will become the practice home for the men's and women's varsity basketball teams).
- Level 5: A career services center, centralized and expanded with more than 40 interview rooms, multiple training rooms and conference areas, an employer lounge and advising offices. The existing working press space on this level will be integrated into a premium seating area for the stadium.
- Level 6: Mechanical support.
- Level 7: A 500-seat student ballroom, club seating for football and booths for NBC Sports telecasts of home football games. Student-oriented programming will have priority booking for non-game weekends.
- Level 8: Premium stadium seats and terraces that will look onto the campus and the playing field.
- Level 9: Club seating, boxes for home and visiting coaches, security booths and boxes for administrative and athletic department leaders.
- Basement: Food service space for the three new buildings and the stadium.
You can read a FAQ on the renovation project HERE.
*The seating in the upper and lower bowls will not change. The current gold seats will remain.
*The west side upper bowl location of the current press box will turn into premium chair-back seating.
*New press box on eastern side. NBC television to remain on western side.
On video boards being added...
Our fans, especially our younger fans, have been clear in communicating their strong desire to have better access to data and video when attending our games-a view that has been reinforced by their experience in other stadia when we host our Shamrock Series games. Some of that will be addressed through enhanced broadband connectivity in the stadium and some by the introduction of video, but the shape that will take has not yet been finalized. However, to the extent we provide video-whether in the concourse or in the stadium itself--similar to the philosophy in Purcell Pavilion and the Compton Family Ice Arena, there will be no commercial signage or advertising.
On changing the playing surface...
No decision has been made at this time on the playing surface. We anticipate a decision being made in the near future.
Looking at South Bowl
Model of the Recreation Center
Lastly, the basketball programs will get their own free-standing practice facility inside of the current Rolfs Sports Recreation Center. The new student center on the west of the stadium will contain new sports & fitness facilities to replace Rolfs.
Check out the digital creations of several of the projects on the NDdotEDU YouTube page. They disabled the ability embed them so go there to see them.