Notre Dame university has announced that it will carry on with plans to renovate the Fighting Irish's stadium to the tune of $400 million.
The plans include the installation of 4,000 premium club seats as well as three new buildings to the side of the stands. The $400-million plan — the largest building project in the university’s 172-year history — will turn the area around the stadium, only used for seven games a year, into a focal point for students. The three buildings will be attached to the east, west and south sides of the stadium and will be either six or nine stories tall.
One the west side will be a nine story student center/student life building consisting of meeting rooms, student lounges recreational sports facilities and a 500 seat ballroom.
The east side will now host a center for anthropology, psychology and digital media. The lower floors will have labs, offices and centers for learning while the top tier will host the press box, outdoor terracing and seating.
And finally on the south side a new six storey music building housing recital halls, a music library as well as a 350 capacity club/lounge.
The overall attendance at Notre Dame Stadium may increase to around 84,000 and the construction is set to last around 33 months.
The news comes a week after the announcement that Notre Dame signed a 10-year contract for Under Armour to be the exclusive outfitter of all 26 Fighting Irish varsity sports teams that is estimated to be worth around $90m.