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Notre Dame Spending $400 Million on Football Stadium Renovation

The plans call for three new buildings -- more than 750,000 square feet in total -- to be attached to the University of Notre Dame Stadium. Photographer: Lance King/Getty Images
The plans call for three new buildings -- more than 750,000 square feet in total -- to be attached to the University of Notre Dame Stadium. Photographer: Lance King/Getty Images

Jan. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The University of Notre Dame will spend $400 million to renovate its football stadium, the largest building project in the school’s 172-year history.

The plans call for three new buildings -- more than 750,000 square feet in total -- to be attached to Notre Dame Stadium. The space will be used for academic, cultural and athletic purposes, the South Bend, Indiana, school said on its website.

“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 President John I. Jenkins, said today in a letter to the campus community.

Construction will begin within the next two years, and will take about 33 months to finish, the school said.

The news comes one week after the school signed a new apparel contract with Under Armour Inc. that Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick called the largest in the history of college sports. While terms of the 10-year deal weren’t disclosed, ESPN said it was worth $90 million.

The three buildings will include room for student organizations, a career center and new homes for the anthropology, psychology and music departments. They will also add as many as 4,000 seats, some indoors, and a new press box to the stadium.

The Fighting Irish football team has produced seven Heisman Trophy winners and claims 11 national championships. The stadium, which opened in 1930, was expanded to its current capacity of 80,795 after a $50 million renovation that was completed before the 1997 season.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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