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                      === Notre Dame to expand stadium ===
 
 South  Bend, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - A wide-ranging building project at Notre
 Dame will expand the football stadium by some  4,000 seats, the school said on
 Wednesday.
 
 The  $400 million project is considered the largest in the 172-year history of
 the  storied the school and will create more than 750,000 square feet in three
 new buildings attached to the west, east and south sides of the stadium.
 
 "We  believe the  investment in  these new  facilities, which  will house  new
 research  and  teaching venues,  several academic departments, a much-expanded
 student  center, a  digital  media center  and a  variety  of hospitality  and
 programming  spaces, will  greatly enhance the campus experience for all those
 who study, live, work here and visit Notre Dame, as well as new amenities that
 will deliver outstanding game day experiences for Irish fans," said Notre Dame
 president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
 
 Construction will begin in two years, or sooner, and will take about 33 months
 to complete.
 
 The  plan features three new structures attached to and serving the stadium --
 a  west  building for  student  life  services,  including space  for  student
 organizations, a recreation center and career center; an east building for the
 anthropology  and psychology  departments and  a digital  media center;  and a
 south  building for the Department of Music and the Sacred Music at Notre Dame
 program.
 
 Buildings for the east and west will include some 3,000 to 4,000 premium seats
 for  the  football stadium with  supporting club amenities. A hospitality area
 also is planned for the new building on the south end of the stadium.
 
 Current  capacity for  Notre Dame Stadium, built in 1930, is 80,795 and should
 increase  to about  84,000. It was last expanded, with a superstructure around
 the original brickwork, in 1997.
 
 01/29 19:16:53 ET