Notre Dame Unveils Proposed Plans for Stadium Expansion

Randy ChambersAnalyst IMay 2, 2013

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 17: A general view of Notre Dame Stadium as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on November 17, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 38-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Notre Dame Stadium will have a different look if proposed plans for a stadium expansion are approved. According to, there are plans to try to make better use of the stadium that is used fewer than 10 times a year for football games and other events.

"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," Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University's president, said after presenting an outline of the initiative to members of the Board of Trustees at its spring meeting.

Some of those objectives include adding a student center for assembly and activity areas, a visitor's center, a media center and various other other uses. There is also a plan to add up to 3,000 club seats for the passionate Irish fans, who would then be able to see their team play in style.

Rachel Terlep of The Elkhart (Ind.) Truth provided a photo, just in case you were wondering what this potential expansion would look like. 

According to the report, the stadium itself will remain intact, and a time frame and cost details can't be provided at this time. You have to assume the renovation will cost a lot more than the roughly $750,000 it cost to build it.

These plans are on the heels of Texas A&M expanding the capacity at Kyle Field to more than 100,000 by 2015, and it likely won't be the last stadium expansion. With college football growing and the money increasing, more teams will take advantage of the opportunity.

Notre Dame Stadium was built in 1930 and has become one of the most iconic venues in all of college sports. However, the last expansion took place in 1997, when permanent field lights were installed to provide sufficient lighting for late afternoon games.