New benches, new lights for Notre Dame Stadium as construction project moves forward

Margaret Fosmoe
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Football fans who arrive at Notre Dame Stadium on Sept. 10 for the Fighting Irish home opener vs. Nevada will notice some major changes: new steel benches in the upper bowl, new stadium lights and a brand-new press box now located on the east side of the stadium.

The three large buildings that are under construction adjacent loom over the east, west and south walls of the 86-year-old stadium. The blank wall where a 96-by-54-foot video board will be installed by next fall is clearly visible on the south building.

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A view of the east side of Notre Dame Stadium, where construction crews are working on Corbett Family Hall as part of the Campus Crossroads project. (Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ)

The University of Notre Dame's Campus Crossroads project will be the topic of a Sept. 7 discussion at The History Museum, 808 W. Washington St.

The "Insights in History" presentation will be at 1:30 p.m. Reservations are requested by Sept. 5.

Doug Marsh, Notre Dame's university architect and associate vice president for facilities design and operations, and Dennis Brown, a Notre Dame spokesman and assistant vice president of news and media relations, will discuss the ongoing construction project. The project is expected to be complete by next August, before the 2017 football season.

A guided tour of the museum’s exhibit, "The House That Rockne Built: Notre Dame Stadium," will be included.

Admission to the program is $3 per person, $1 for museum members. For reservations or more information, call the museum at 574-235-9664 or visit