Notre Dame considering impressive stadium expansion plan

Notre Dame considering impressive stadium expansion plan

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Artist’s rendering of the possible Notre Dame Stadium expansion. (Twitter @jflyntnd518)

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]exas A&M grabbed headlines this week when news broke that the A&M Board of Regents would vote this week to approve the much-anticipated redevelopment of Kyle Field.

The project, which received board approval yesterday, is expected to cost $450 million and will bring Kyle’s seating capacity from 82,378 to 102,500. That will make it the largest college football stadium in the state of Texas, and the biggest in the SEC.

But the Aggies don’t have exclusive license over expansion talk.

Notre Dame announced Thursday that it too was looking at the possibility of stadium expansion.

The school is considering options to take advantage of Notre Dame Stadium’s central location on campus, making it a hub for a variety of possibilities including:

  • A student center
  • Space for classrooms, conferences, speakers, meetings, receptions and other events
  • A new press box, conference center and classroom for digital and video media initiatives
  • A location for various hospitality functions for community and campus patrons
  • Enhanced fan experience including premium seating options

Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins presented an outline of the plan to members of the Board of Trustees at its spring meeting this week.

“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 said in a statement.

The plan is just in the exploratory stages, and details such as costs and the seating capacity increase are not yet known. However, the school state that it will keep the original stadium intact under any circumstance.

Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930 with a seating capacity of 59,075, and was expanded to its current capacity of 80,795 in 1997.

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