FAQs

We've detailed many of the common areas of questions here. Please understand that more information will become available as the project unfolds.

General

Why did you construct these new buildings around Notre Dame Stadium?

Over its 80-plus-year history, Notre Dame Stadium has become one of the most centrally located facilities on campus. The Basilica and Main Building will always be at the heart of the campus, but the area near the stadium is heavily trafficked by students and faculty on a daily basis. Long-term plans for future academic and residential buildings added around the stadium will make it more so. These facilities will allow the stadium to be used more than the 10 to 12 times annually it was previously. 

How much will the project cost, and how will it be funded?

The project will cost an estimated $400 million, and will be paid for through fundraising commitments, revenue generated by the sale of new premium club seats, and the issuance of bonds; neither tuition nor financial aid will be affected.

When will the buildings be open?

The buildings will be ready for partial occupancy by September 1, 2017. Full occupancy is expected by January 2018.

Which University departments will move?

Several academic units and student life departments will call the new buildings home. Here’s a breakdown by building:

O’Neill Hall: The Department of Music and the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program, including recital and rehearsal space, classrooms, and offices.

Corbett Family Hall: The Department of Anthropology and Department of Psychology, including classrooms, offices, laboratories, and a student lounge. In addition, the Rex and Alice A. Martin Media Center with a 2,000-square-foot studio, and production and classroom space, will be housed in the east building. These facilities will be used by faculty, students, strategic communications, athletics, and information technology. The space will position Notre Dame as a national leader in the digital media space in higher education.

Duncan Student Center: A student life center, which will feature graduate and undergraduate lounges, dining options, student organization offices, and recreation and fitness facilities. This building will also include a centralized and expanded career services center with more than 40 interview rooms, multiple training rooms and conference areas, an employer lounge, and advising offices. The Rolfs Sports Recreation Center will be transformed into practice facility for the men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams.

Are the new facilities designed with sustainable building practices in mind?

Yes. The project includes sustainability practices consistent with other University projects.

Will Notre Dame Stadium continue to be called Notre Dame Stadium? 

Yes, Notre Dame Stadium will continue to be the name of the stadium. 

Once the identified departments move into their new spaces, what will happen to the space they vacated on campus?

A variety of space needs have been identified in the strategic plans of the University and of individual academic unit plans that may not be fully addressed through new fundraising and capital projects. The University is now prioritizing these needs, examining each for potential fit into spaces that will open up after completion of the Campus Crossroads Project and other building construction across campus. 

Many believe the buildings are over-sized and out of proportion.
 
The noted architect Jim McManus, a Notre Dame alum and designer of several classic buildings on campus – Jordan Hall of Science, the Eck Center/Hammes Bookstore and Eck Hall of Law – has said this of Campus Crossroads: “A lot of the detailing and proportions (in Crossroads) are takeoffs from other buildings on campus. The collegiate Gothic style that Notre Dame uses depends heavily on proportion of buildings and the forms that are used – arches, the style of windows and the decorative treatment of cast stone associated with the brick – all those elements are going into Crossroads.”
 
It’s worth remembering that two of Notre Dame’s most beloved buildings were initially thought to be poorly designed. Francis Kervick, who directed the School of Architecture at Notre Dame for 36 years, said the Main Building is “an eclectic and somewhat naïve combination of pointed windows, medieval moldings and classical columns.” And, upon its completion in 1963, the library was referred to as “the largest grain elevator in the Midwest,” “the brain silo,” “Ted’s Mahal,” “Mount Excellence” and “the world’s largest holy card.” It’s safe to say that both now stand as among the best known campus landmarks in the nation.

Duncan Student Center

Why build another student center?  Was there a need to expand what currently exists in the LaFortune Student Center?

Notre Dame has never had what many universities identify as a traditional student union. Rather, Notre Dame has had a decentralized student union model with the LaFortune Student Center serving as the center of student life. LaFortune is complemented by student gathering spaces in satellite locations such as Reckers, the Rockne Memorial, Legends, Stepan Center, and Rolfs Sports Recreation Center. Even with all of these spaces, however, the University still had only half as much student center space to serve the residential population. With its offices, meeting spaces, innovation lab, eateries, recreation and fitness space, ballroom, and career center, the Duncan Student Center will help to fulfill the student center needs and add to the University’s thriving, decentralized student center model.

Will the student life and recreation amenities housed in the Duncan Student Center replace the LaFortune Student Center, the Rolfs Sports Recreation Center, or the Rockne Memorial?

The LaFortune Student Center will continue to serve its vibrant and historic role as a student center in the heart of campus, and planning for the new Duncan Student Center has therefore focused on how the new functions and spaces will complement and augment the student organization space and administrative offices located in LaFortune. The Rockne Memorial will operate as normal for recreational use. The Rolfs Sports Recreation Center, however, will be renovated to house practice facilities for the men’s and women’s varsity basketball programs.

Academic Facilities

How did the University decide which departments moved in to the new facilities?

The University formed a committee of faculty and space management experts to collect and vet proposals for academic occupants of the Campus Crossroads Project. Many proposals were received from the colleges and schools and culled from the existing strategic plans of the University, colleges, and schools. Each proposal was carefully examined by the committee and a team of architects and building consultants to determine which provided the best uses for the CCP space and best reflected the existing priorities in the University Strategic Plan.

Notre Dame is investing in the infrastructure to support all the social sciences, an area of growing scholarship in the University that addresses many of society's most pressing questions and concerns. The Campus Crossroads Project will centralize and expand facilities for the Departments of Psychology and Anthropology—and bring them both in closer proximity to the University's new social sciences and international studies buildings: Jenkins Hall and Nanovic Hall. This will provide faculty and students more opportunities for interaction and collaboration across all social sciences departments—as well as with partners in the College of Science.

A new facility is of particular importance to the Department of Psychology as its offices and labs are now spread across seven locations on campus. The opportunity for expanded facilities in the Campus Crossroads Project also coincides with growing space needs of the Department of Anthropology, which has one of the most popular undergraduate majors in the College of Arts and Letters and has recently launched a doctoral program.

The University is also committed to providing needed improvements to—and expansion of—the teaching, practice, and performance spaces required by both the Department of Music and the fast-growing Sacred Music at Notre Dame program, which has recently launched a doctoral program as well as a series of sacred performance events and activities, including a Children’s Choir.

Not only will the new music building allow these two programs to house a growing music library, but the building location will also bring music faculty and students in closer proximity to the Reyes Organ and Choral Hall—as well as other arts facilities and activities—in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The consolidated and expanded performance spaces will better serve students and faculty and will allow more convenient access (including parking) to members of the community who attend or participate in the University’s arts activities and events.

How does this impact overall academic and classroom space on campus?

As the needs of faculty and students for more—and more up-to-date—research and classroom space continues to intensify, the University can use spaces opened up by the Campus Crossroads Project to move, expand, or upgrade other academic programs and facilities across the entire campus.

The growing research and scholarship of our academic departments has in recent years created a particularly severe space shortage. Providing greater support to research projects of our faculty and the increasing engagement of our students in research is one of the University’s top priorities. 

Stadium Enhancements

Were changes made in the current bowl relative to seating, concessions, restrooms, and other amenities?

Yes. The project includes enhancements to the overall stadium experience on gameday, including 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.

Were there any structural changes in the north end zone area regarding the team locker rooms?

Yes. In order to preserve the rich history of our locker room, we will make few changes to that space, but some of the areas in close proximity will be enhanced to better support our team on game day.

Where are the press box and media located in the new plans?

The former press box on the west side was dismantled and a new one constructed on the east side of the stadium (approximately 175 seats on level 9). The main (NBC) television booth remains on the west side, as does game operations facilities (coaches’ booths, replay, public-address announcer, scoreboard and timing, sound, security, etc.). Radio booths are located with the new media area on the east side.

What sort of premium seating options are available as a result of the new construction?

There are two types of premium seating options—Loge Boxes and Club seats. Loge Boxes are available on two levels of the Duncan Student Center and on one level of Corbett Family Hall. Club seats will run on two levels of the Duncan Student Center and the Corbett Family Hall. A hospitality area is located on the top level of the south side of the Duncan Student Center and the north side of Corbett Family Hall.

How has the Campus Crossroads Project affect the price of existing seating in the bowl?

The Campus Crossroads Project will not be funded by ticket sales from existing seating. Ticket prices for existing seating will be carefully considered in the context of this project and historic pricing practices.

How has the overall capacity of Notre Dame Stadium change as a result of the construction?

Between 3,000 and 4,000 premium seats were added, but a final capacity total for the stadium remains to be determined.

Why were video boards added?

Our fans, especially our younger fans, have been clear in communicating their strong desire to have better access to data and video when attending our games—a view that has been reinforced by their experience in other stadia when we host our Shamrock Series games. A video board is located on the south end of the stadium, and ribbon boards are on the east and west sides. In addition, broadband connectivity in the stadium has been enhanced. There will be no commercial signage or advertising on the video board.

Are there plans to build a structure on the north side of the stadium, facing the library quad opposite the Word of Life mural (“Touchdown Jesus”)?

At the current time, no. Should the opportunity and need arise in the future, the University will be mindful of the rich tradition associated with this space on campus.

Premium Seating

What sort of premium seating options will be available as a result of the new construction?

There will be two types of Premium seating options—Loge Boxes and Club seats. Loge Boxes are available on two levels of the Duncan Student Center and on one level of Corbett Family Hall. Club seats will run on two levels of the Duncan Student Center and the Corbett Family Hall. A hospitality area also is planned for the top level of the south side of the Duncan Student Center and the north side of Corbett Family Hall.

Will the new premium seating options be accessible for disabled fans?

Yes, accessible seating will be available on all seating levels.

How much will the new premium seats cost?

The price varies depending on the yard line and building location. For additional pricing information please schedule an appointment with one of our representatives.

When will I be able to purchase new premium seats?

We are in the process of reaching out to our current Football Season Ticket Holders. If interested in joining our Football Season ticket waitlist, register for a chance to purchase premium seating.

Will there be a marketing preview center that will allow fans to review seating options?

Yes, members of the Notre Dame family, including alumni, donors, parents, season ticket holders, and fans will have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with a representative of the University at the preview center to see, feel, and touch the new premium seating options. To visit the preview center to learn about joining our football season ticket waitlist please schedule an appointment

I am a season ticket holder at Notre Dame Stadium. Will I have priority to purchase new premium seats?

Current season ticket holders who maintain their active account status at Notre Dame Stadium are able to purchase Premium Seating for 2017. Feel free to sign up to learn more about the  new seating and schedule an appointment with one of our representatives.

I am a Notre Dame donor, but I am not a season ticket holder. What should I do? 

Donors have had priority to purchase new premium seats. While your exclusivity has expired you still are able learn more about the new seating and schedule an appointment with one of our representatives.

I am not a season ticket holder at Notre Dame Stadium. How can I purchase new premium seats?

Current season ticket holders and donors to Notre Dame have priority to purchase new premium seats. To secure a spot on the waitlist for season tickets, should they become available, contact us at 574-631-3500 or akeane@nd.edu.

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