Notre Dame is reportedly “exploring” a step into the 21st century with both the Fighting Irish’s stadium and campus.
On Thursday, May 2, Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins shared the following with the Board of Trustees on the potential modifications (via und.com):
“Inspired by the University’s campus master plan, we will study the possibility of accomplishing multiple objectives – namely, preserve the campus’ pedestrian character by taking advantage of a central location for needed facilities, retain the integrity of a legendary stadium, improve the visual attractiveness of the exterior stadium wall, and enhance the game-day experience for our football fans.”
Jenkins is looking to take advantage of the centralized location of the stadium, making it into a “hub” for Notre Dame’s campus.
The Associated Press has more details on the potential stadium renovation/expansion:
The school is looking at attaching buildings to the stadium that could house a conference center with classrooms and meeting space, a media center, a visitors’ center and other uses. They could also include about 3,000 new club seats to watch games.
UND.com lists out a few potential changes/additions to Notre Dame Stadium:
- Space for classrooms, conferences, speakers, meetings, receptions and other events
- A student center for assembly and activity areas
- Resources for media, including facilities for the University’s expanding video and digital initiatives for academic purposes and external relations, as well as a press box
- A location for various hospitality functions for community and campus patrons
- Enhancements to the fan experience, including premium seating options.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but if Notre Dame would go to the lengths of releasing this information, it seems likely that Irish fans can expect this renovation/expansion to happen.
Here’s a closer look at a preliminary stadium rendering:
[H/T CBS Sports]