On Thursday, University of Notre Dame officials proposed possible stadium renovation plans for the future. As the sport of college football continues to grow seemingly by the minute, more and more institutions are renovating and expanding their stadiums to accommodate the growing popularity of their programs. So, being probably the most recognizable college football program in history– as well as coming off the heels of a 12-0 season and a BCS National Championship Game appearance– it makes sense for Notre Dame to tweak the stadium just a bit.
However, unlike most programs, Notre Dame’s renovation plans are centered around more than just enhancing the football-watching experience.
While the plans do include adding premium-seating to the famed stadium, the majority of the plans center around enhancing the campus for the entire student body. With the football stadium being located in the central area of the campus, the administration is more-or-less looking to make it a centralized hub for the students, faculty, and visitors.
By constructing additions to the stadium, officials are looking to make Notre Dame Stadium a place for classes, student activities centers, providing some sort of hospitality functions for students and visitors, as well as meeting much more recreational campus needs.
In a way, this is actually quite an innovative move by the university. Normally, stadium renovations by institutions are mainly proposed for the sole purpose of enhancing the live-game experience. Just yesterday, Texas A&M announced their renovation plans to make Kyle Field into a 102,000-seat football haven.
Notre Dame keeping the entire university in mind while in these planning stages is actually quite refreshing.