Notre Dame Stadium sits any college football fan’s must-see list. The place is laden with history, lore and legend.
Notre Dame wanted more. No surprise there. And whatever Notre Dame wants, Notre Dame usually gets. Notre Dame is only major college football program to have its own television network. Three years ago, the school began an ambitious $400 million initiative called Campus Crossroads Project. It has and/or will result improvements to the stadium, the fan experience, new academic offices, classrooms, and three new structures surrounding Notre Dame Stadium.
UGA fans who venture to South Bend, Ind., on Sept. 9 will enjoy the spoils of Notre Dame’s labors. All of the football-stadium-related improvements will be ready before the Irish’s season opener a week earlier. If there are any first-time-out problems, they hopefully will be resolved by the time Georgia and Notre Dame begin play.
Take a look at the changes on this slide:
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Notre Dame begins its 2017 season on Sept. 2 against Temple.
Doug Marsh, the University’s architect and vice president for facilities design and operations said of the project, “Student life, athletics and academics in one building. It’s never been done before.”
Just like UGA
Notre Dame faced many of the same challenges UGA had when it came to updating facilities around the football stadium — limited space chief among them. Notre Dame wanted to improve things for all of its athletes and students — not just high-end donors at football games.
There are three new structures surrounding the football stadium. O’Neill Hall ($25 million gift from one donor) Corbett Family Hall ($35 million gift from one donor) and the Duncan Student Center — which will also house the school’s main recreation center.
The Campus Crossroads Project
Among the improvements welcoming UGA fans on Sept. 9 include: an overdue overhaul of the stadium’s seating — replacing wooden bleachers with metal ones; new signage on the concourse level; renovated bathrooms and concession stands; and the more than 200 additional TV monitors that allow those waiting for food and drink to watch the game.
The project, according to school officials, kept the bones of the stadium intact. Any minor structural improvements were even painted to match original materials.
Morale has been low after a 4-8 record season for the Notre Dame football team. But at least one player thinks this project can help turn things around.
“It has an effect on wins and losses in the sense that we have a feeling of confidence and comfort that comes from being at home, playing in our stadium and in front of our fans,” safety Ashton White told DataIndiana.com.