New Notre Dame Stadium could lead to 4,000 additional seats, other amenities
BY LAMOND POPE Sun-Times Media May 2, 2013 7:02PM
Notre Dame senior lineback Manti Te'o walks into the tunnel at Notre Dame stadium after a 38-0 win over Wake Forest Saturday Nov. 17, 2012 in South Bend, Ind. As a senior, it was Te'o's final home game. (AP Photo/The Goshen News, Sam Householder)
Updated: May 2, 2013 7:58PM
Changes could be on the way for Notre Dame Stadium.
University officials announced a feasibility study to explore using the stadium’s location as a “hub” for a student center, media center, classroom and conference center.
Premium seating could also be in the works. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the model developed a little more than 4,000 additional seats.
“The benefits to the football program will be that we’ll get an opportunity to address a number of things and we think it will make the stadium even more compelling, hopefully put it in a position to generate additional revenue and be an even better home for our team,” Swarbrick said in a phone interview Thursday.
The concept calls for mirror images on the East and West side, with the press box shifting to the East side of the stadium, Swarbrick said. It would house the media center. The Joyce Athletic Center would connect with the stadium.
The study will take six to nine months. If each stage were cleared, Swarbrick said the project could be completed in five to six years.
Costs are unknown. According to the release, under all circumstances, the original stadium will remain intact. Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930 and expanded to its current configurations in 1997. It’s used less than 10 times a year for football games, recreation events and commencement, according to the release.
“One of the things that’s most exciting about this concept is it is a very tangible representation of the way athletics is integrated into the University of Notre Dame. It doesn’t stand apart,” Swarbrick said. “To take the stadium and use it to address some pressing university needs like a student activity center and a media center is really a great thing. We’re excited about that.”