Notre Dame Stadium renovation to be completed in August 2017

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015

Notre Dame Stadium's renovation project will include the addition of a video board atop the south end of the stadium, the school announced Tuesday.

The complete renovation project, known as "Campus Crossroads," was announced in January 2014 and launched in November after the 2014 football season. It is on target for completion in August 2017. The project is a $400 million venture to utilize the Fighting Irish's home venue as a hub for academic and student-life initiatives.

"We are confident the introduction of video will significantly improve enjoyment of every aspect of a game at Notre Dame Stadium -- including the ability to support game-day introductions and presentations with video elements, additional opportunities to promote the University, plus replays," athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a release.

There will be no advertising or commercials associated with the video board, whose addition will allow for the removal of the north scoreboard to enhance the view of the Word of Life mural on the Hesburgh Library -- better known as "Touchdown Jesus."

The school also announced Tuesday that the project will include improvements to seating, Wi-Fi and the stadium's sound system. Renovations will also be made to concession stands and restrooms, including an increase in the number of women's restrooms.

The upper and lower concourses will also be improved, featuring better lighting, seating areas, signage and video monitors.

The prospect of a video board had long been a sensitive topic among the Notre Dame fanbase. The lack of a board was often viewed as one of the last vestiges of antiquity in a stadium that has been in use since 1930. Another of those relics, natural grass, went by the wayside last season, when the Irish played their home games on FieldTurf for the first time.