Notre Dame Stadium project includes new private club

Margaret Fosmoe
ND Insider

SOUTH BEND — When the Notre Dame Stadium/Campus Crossroads project officially opens on Sept. 2, there will be a new members-only private club operating on the fourth floor of the south building, O'Neill Hall.

It's called the South Club, and it features a bar called Harper's Bar — the name honors Jesse Harper, Notre Dame football coach from 1913 to 1917.

The 8,200-square-foot club will be open only to members and only on home football Saturdays. At other time, the space will be available for lease for private events.

The club will offer all-inclusive food and drinks for members on game days, starting two hours prior to kickoff and continuing for an hour after the game ends, assistant athletic director Brian Pracht said.

Club membership is open to anyone who has Notre Dame season football tickets, either in the stadium bowl itself or in the new premium seating. (That includes faculty members and other employees who purchase season tickets.)

Membership in the South Club requires a one-time capital gift contribution of $5,000 and annual member dues of $2,000 per person for 10 years.

Although alcohol will be served at the South Club, guests will not be able to take alcoholic beverages out of the club into the concourse or stands of Notre Dame Stadium, Pracht said.

The club does not have a view of the field, but it has about 45 TVs.

It will offer a gastropub atmosphere with a menu that provides for quick service, Pracht said. There also will be grab-and-go options for members who want to take food back to their stadium seats, he said.

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Members of the public tour the South Club at Notre Dame Stadium during an open house on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. The new private club is on the fourth floor of O'Neill Hall. Tribune photo/MARGARET FOSMOE
Members of the public tour the central room in the South Club, a new private club at Notre Dame Stadium, during an open house on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. The club is on the fourth floor of O'Neill Hall. Tribune photo/MARGARET FOSMOE