Features of Notre Dame’s $400 million stadium expansion plan

The University of Notre Dame recently announced a $400 million expansion that will turn its football stadium into the campus’ central hub.

Three new multipurpose buildings will flank the stadium and provide many amenities new to the university. Below are the features of each new building, per Notre Dame’s official press release:

East Building

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.

South Building

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.

West Building

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.