Notre Dame's Campus Crossroads Project To Begin In November, Completed In '17
Notre Dame will "begin construction in late November on Campus Crossroads," the $400M project that will "add three academic buildings onto Notre Dame Stadium and premium seating" to the 84-year-old venue, according to a front-page piece by Margaret Fosmoe of the SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE. The 800,000-square-foot project will take "approximately 33 months, with completion expected" in summer '17. ND's final home football game this year is on Nov. 22 and a "day or two after that game, construction will commence" on the project. It will include "premium seating for fans, outdoor terraces overlooking the football field and media space on the top floors of both the east and west buildings." Construction will "begin on the east and west buildings around Nov. 24." However, it is "not expected to affect" the team's schedule and "no home games will be moved to other locations because of the work." Work on the south building will begin in November '15 and the "entire project is expected to be completed" by August '17. The university said that revenue "generated through premium seating football ticket sales will be used to help pay for the project and to maintain the new academic and student life buildings." Notre Dame VP/Public Affairs & Communications Paul Browne said that the project is "expected to add more than 2,000 additional seats" to the stadium which currently seats 80,795. A "precise figure for total seating after the project is complete hasn't been announced," but Browne said that there is "internal discussion of possibly reconfiguring some of the seats in the existing bowl, although no major changes are planned" (SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE, 8/29).