A season in the making
|A new video board and premium areas are among the renovations at Notre Dame Stadium.
Notre Dame’s football renovation — we’re talking the stadium, not the team — will debut Sept. 2 when the Fighting Irish take on Temple. The $400 million Campus Crossroads project, which includes stadium improvements for athletics, academics and student life, will introduce premium areas, a new video board and all-new seating that replaces the old wooden bleachers inside iconic Notre Dame Stadium. The project is the largest in the school’s history and will transform the game-day experience without sacrificing the school’s rich tradition.
Atlanta, home to college football
The city considered by many to be the capital of college football is staking its claim again by bookending the upcoming season with the best opener — Alabama versus Florida State in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium — followed by the College Football Playoff championship game in January. How’s this for an opening weekend: Georgia State opens its retrofitted Turner Field on Thursday, Aug. 31; the Crimson Tide and Seminoles tangle two nights later and then Tennessee and Georgia Tech go back to Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Labor Day evening. Hello, college football.
|Oklahoma State will aim to deliver on lofty preseason expectations in the Big 12 Conference.
Big 12 still big?
Ohio State lawsuit
Chris Spielman, one of the most beloved Ohio State football players, shocked Buckeye Nation last month when he filed a lawsuit against the school and IMG College. The complaint says that Ohio State and sponsor Honda hung banners inside Ohio Stadium featuring several former Buckeye greats without their permission or any compensation. Like the O’Bannon case before it, Spielman’s lawsuit goes to the heart of the name, likeness and image issue in college sports, even for former players. While this issue will play out in a courtroom rather than a football field, the ramifications could be long-lasting and every school will be watching.