Notre Dame’s athletic office unveiled an ambitious play to enhance the area surrounding the football stadium. The plan, dubbed the Campus Crossroads Project, will alter the facade of the stadium by adding three buildings to the existing structure.
The buildings will not only be for athletic use, housing academics as well. From the Projects website, the facility will house “more than 750,000 square feet of teaching, research, and performance space.”
For football fans, the buildings will rise above the top edge of the stadium and provide premium seating and club amenities. The buildings will only be on the east, west, and south sides of the stadium so as not to obstruct the view of “Touchdown Jesus,” the mural on the Hesburgh library.
The East and West buildings will house various classrooms, academic offices, and lounges for students. Both will have expanded premium seating. The East building is notable for a new digital media center as well as housing the press booth for football games.
The West building will feature a recreational sports and fitness facility as well as a state of the art career services center. The South building will house the Department of Music as well as serve as a location for a new scoreboard on the stadium interior.
Construction is expected to being within the next two years and will take nearly three to complete.
With the expanded physical space, the university is expected to increase its faculty to give students more on campus support. These new buildings are designed to bring the campus and its students closer together.
“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 offer an exciting addition to what we believe is the best on-campus student learning experience in the country,” Notre Dame’s president Rev. John Jenkins said.
It appears to be an ambitious project that will make an iconic stadium a much more integral part of the campus.