- Why are you constructing these new buildings around Notre Dame Stadium?
- Over its 83-year history, Notre Dame Stadium has become one of the most centrally located facilities on campus. Long-term plans for future academic and residential buildings added around the stadium will make it more so. Currently, the stadium is used just 10 to 12 times a year. In 2013, the University formed an oversight committee of faculty and staff tasked with studying an ambitious concept: how to make this campus crossroads a year-round hub for academic and student life. With assistance from outside consultants with expertise in architecture, engineering, technology, food services, and student life, that group helped craft the bold plan detailed on this website.
- 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 and the issuance of bonds.
- When will the project start?
- The project should begin within two years.
- How long will the construction phase last?
- Construction is expected to take approximately 33 months.
- Which University departments will move?
- Several academic units and student life departments will call the new buildings home. Here’s a breakdown by building:
- South Building: The Department of Music and the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program, including recital and rehearsal space, classrooms, and offices.
- East Building: The Department of Anthropology and Department of Psychology, including classrooms, offices, laboratories, and a student lounge. In addition, a digital 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, University Communications, athletics, and information technology. The space will position Notre Dame as a national leader in the digital media space in higher education.
- West Building: 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 will include sustainability practices consistent with other University projects.
- Will Commencement and other events, like the Sunburst races, be impacted by construction?
- Yes, these events will almost certainly be affected, but to what extent is not yet known.
- Will Notre Dame Stadium continue to be called Notre Dame Stadium? Will the new buildings have names?
- Yes, Notre Dame Stadium will continue to be the name of the stadium. Gifts in support of the new facilities of the Campus Crossroads Project will be appropriately recognized in a manner consistent with other Notre Dame campus buildings.
- 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.
- How will parking and commuter and pedestrian access be impacted during construction and after the project is complete?
- As with any construction project, there will be parking and pedestrian restrictions. The University will work to minimize these as much as possible.
- Will the student life and recreation amenities housed in the west building replace LaFortune Student Center, the Rolf's 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 west building facility has therefore focused on how the new functions and spaces will complement and augment the student organization space and administrative offices located in LaFortune. In addition to the design of the west building, the architects involved in the project are concurrently examining space in LaFortune for planned enhancements over the same time period.
- The Rockne Memorial will operate as normal for recreational use. The Rolfs facility, however, will be renovated to house practice facilities for the men’s and women’s varsity basketball programs. The new recreational space in the west building will allow the University to address identified needs from the current Rolfs facility. For example, the new fitness areas will almost triple in size and incorporate extraordinary views into the student center below and to campus, maximizing exposure to natural light.
- 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.
- How will the new construction affect the current Notre Dame Stadium seating configuration?
- The basic seating configuration of the current upper and lower bowls will not change to any great degree. The current gold chair-back seating areas on both the east and west sides will remain. The west side upper bowl location of the current press box will be converted to outside, premium chair-back seating.
- Will there be changes in the current bowl relative to concessions, restrooms, and other amenities?
- Those plans have not yet been finalized because they are not central to the new space being constructed, but we are committed to making sure that when this project is completed, the experience of every fan who attends a game is enhanced.
- If construction is ongoing over the course of several football seasons, what will be the effects on game days?
- There may be some minor inconveniences, and the area will be a construction zone during the seasons impacted by the project, but home games will go on as scheduled at Notre Dame Stadium. The scene likely will be similar to the expansion in the 1990s when construction was ongoing on the upper bowl and new press box during the course of the 1996 football season.
- Will there be 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 will the press box and media be located in the new plans?
- The current press box on the west side will be dismantled and a new one will be constructed on the east side of the stadium (approximately 175 seats on level 9). The main (NBC) television booth will remain on the west side, as will game operations facilities (coaches’ booths, replay, public-address announcer, scoreboard and timing, sound, security, etc.). Radio booths will be located with the new media area on the east side.
- What sort of premium seating options will be available as a result of the new construction?
- A variety of premium seating options—both indoor and outdoor and mostly club seats—will be available on three upper levels on the east and west sides. A hospitality area also is planned for the new building on the south end of the stadium.
- How will 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 will the overall capacity of Notre Dame Stadium change as a result of the construction?
- Between 3,000 and 4,000 premium seats will be added, but a final capacity total for the stadium remains to be determined.
- Will video boards be added to the stadium and, if so, where will they be situated?
- 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. Some of that will be addressed through enhanced broadband connectivity in the stadium and some by the introduction of video, but the shape that will take has not yet been finalized. However, to the extent we provide video—whether in the concourse or in the stadium itself--similar to the philosophy in Purcell Pavilion and the Compton Family Ice Arena, there will be no commercial signage or advertising.
- What’s the status of the decision on retaining natural grass or moving to artificial turf as the Notre Dame Stadium surface?
- Notre Dame Stadium will feature FieldTurf beginning in the 2014 season. Installation of the playing surface is expected to be complete by mid-August, 2014.
- Artificial turf will provide greater consistency for the Notre Dame football team, considering it already practices both outdoors and indoors on FieldTurf. In addition, annual Commencement events and impending Campus Crossroads Project construction make ongoing maintenance of a grass field more difficult.
- FieldTurf fields already are in use at Notre Dame at the LaBar Practice Complex (used by the football team), the Loftus Sports Complex (an indoor facility used by the football team and other Irish squads), Arlotta Stadium (for men's and women's lacrosse) and Stinson Rugby Field (dedicated last fall).
- Read more about the decision to install FieldTurf from the University's news release.
- Will cellular and WiFi service be improved through this project?
- Yes. Upgrades to those services are a part of this plan. Further details will be available as the project progresses.
- 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.
- Will there still be tours of Notre Dame Stadium during construction?
- To the extent ongoing construction will allow, we intend to continue operating Notre Dame Stadium tours throughout the construction timeline. Some elements may be temporarily removed from the tour as the demands of construction dictate the availability of certain spaces. Nonetheless, we believe the tour experience will provide an unparalleled and historic opportunity to witness the construction of the Campus Crossroads Project from an exclusive vantage point.
- What sort of premium seating options will be available as a result of the new construction?
- A variety of premium seating options—both indoor and outdoor, and mostly club seats—will be available on three upper levels on the east and west sides. A hospitality area also is planned for the new building on the south end of the stadium. Detailed information on the types of amenities for each of the premium seating options will be provided in the near future.
- 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?
- Prices are still being established at this time. More information on pricing will be shared as it becomes available.
- When will I be able to purchase new premium seats?
- The timeline to purchase new premium seats is still being finalized. A detailed timeline will be communicated in the coming months. To ensure you stay informed about the Campus Crossroads Project, including premium seating, please register to become a Campus Crossroads Insider.
- 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. More information on the location and timing of the opening of the preview center will be communicated in the coming months.
- 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 will have priority to purchase new premium seats. A representative of the University will contact you in the coming months to walk you through the timeline and process to purchase.
- I am a Notre Dame donor, but I am not a season ticket holder. What should I do?
- Donors will have priority to purchase both 2014 season tickets and new premium seats. A representative of the University will contact you in the coming months to communicate the timeline and process to purchase.
- 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 will have priority to purchase new premium seats. To secure a spot on the waitlist for 2014 season tickets, should they become available, visit the waitlist website or contact the Murnane Family Ticket Office in the Department of Athletics at (574) 631-7356.
- What’s the best way to stay up-to-date on all news and information regarding the project?
- To receive updates on the Campus Crossroads Project, including building design renderings, seating options, amenities, pricing, and on-sale dates, please register to become a Campus Crossroads Insider. Current season ticket holders and donors need not register, as they will be some of the first to receive Campus Crossroads Project updates.