Jan 29, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT
Today the University of Notre Dame announced the Campus Crossroads Project, a $400 million building initiative. With the plans of turning Notre Dame Stadium into a centralized, year-round hub on campus, the Campus Crossroads Project will include the construction of over 750,000 square feet of classroom, research, student facility, digital media, performance, meeting, event and hospitality space.
“The integrated nature of this project will maintain the compact walkability of campus, facilitate deeper connection and collaboration across the various units of the University, and offer an exciting addition to what we believe is the best on-campus student learning experience in the country,” Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, said in the letter to the campus community Wednesday.
The project will consist of three new structures attached to the stadium, on the west, south and east sides of the stadium. The South Building will house the music department, the East Building will house the Psychology and Anthropology departments, in addition to extensive digital media space. The West Building will serve as a student life building, with student organizations, the career center and expanded health and fitness facilities.
One of the most discussed parts of this redesign will likely be the stadium enhancements. Premium seating options, both indoors and out, will be a part of the redesign. The press box will move to the east side of the stadium, relocating media members to the opposite side of the field. Videoboards will also be utilized, with the university using a similar philosophy to the one exercised in the Compton Family Ice Arena and the Purcell Pavilion. Extensive broadband measures will be taken, giving fans the ability to use their cell phones and data plans during football Saturdays.
Building will begin within two years and the project is estimated to take 33 months to complete construction. In addition to the stadium and building enhancements, the basketball program will take over the Rolfs Rec Center, giving Mike Brey and Muffet McGraw’s teams a basketball only practice facility.