Notre Dame announces $400M stadium expansion

Notre Dame today announced plans for a $400 million renovation to its iconic football stadium.

The renovation, set to begin within the next two years and expected to take up to 33 months to complete, with be the the largest building project in the University's 172-year history.

In its entirety, the new structure will be built to integrate academic, sudent life, and athletics with construction in excess of 750,000 square feet comprised of three new buildings attached to the west, east and south sides of the structure affectionally known as "The House that Rockne Built."

"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 offeran 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 a letter to the campus community.

"At a time when some are questioning the future of the residential college campus," he said, "we believe the investment in these new facilities, which will house new research and teaching venues, several academic departments, a much-expanded student center, a digital media center and a variety of hospitality and programming spaces, will greatly enhance the campus experience for all those who study, live, work here and visit Notre Dame, as well as new amenities that will deliver outstanding game day experiences for Irish fans.

"Since its founding, one of Notre Dame's greatest assets has been the boldness of its vision – the ability to see possibilities and connections where others saw only obstacles and fragmentation. This project continues that boldness of vision."

"Notre Dame alumni and friends have always displayed remarkable generosity," Father Jenkins said. "Upon reviewing the extraordinary plans we have in place for advancing the mission of their University, I'm certain that benefaction combined with stewardship will allow usto move forward on this project sooner rather than later."

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