Notre Dame Stadium has hosted its first fixture following a $400 million renovation project.
Enhancements to the stadium in South Bend, Indiana, which hosts the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, include outdoor club-level seating within the east and west buildings. Additionally, terraces now adorn each of these buildings, allowing for a view of both campus and the playing field.
HOK, a consultant to architect of record S/L/A/M Collaborative, provided design services for the sports, recreation and hospitality components of the project, which is aimed at turning the stadium into a 365-days a year venue.
The Campus Crossroads project added three buildings to the exterior of the 87-year-old football stadium, as well as premium fan seating at the top of those buildings.
The most visible change is the addition of a video board at the top of the south end of the venue, along with ribbon boards along the east and west sides of the stadium.
Just as at Purcell Pavilion and the Compton Family Ice Arena, there will be no advertising or commercials associated with use of the video boards.
The additional video boards have allowed for the removal of the north scoreboard in order to enhance the view of the Word of Life mural on the Hesburgh Library.
Seating improvements include the addition of vinyl-clad benches throughout the stadium, replacing the wood bench seats, as well as an increase of the average space available for each fan from 16 inches wide to 18 inches.
Other enhancements include improvements to the Wi-Fi network and existing sound system within the stadium; renovation of restrooms, concession stands, lighting and signage; and an increase in the number of women’s restrooms.
The existing press box was removed and replaced by additional seating. The press box has moved to the east side of the stadium.
NBC Sports will continue to broadcast home football games from the west side of the stadium, however.
Enhancements to the south side of the stadium include a redesigned Frank Leahy Gate, creating a grand entrance to Notre Dame Stadium.
Image courtesy of HOK.