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Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend

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Notre Dame Stadium is an outdoor football stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana, the home field of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team.

It was built in 1930 under the guidance of Knute Rockne, regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history, which gave rise to the stadium's nickname "The House that Rockne Built". Prior to the stadium's construction, the Fighting Irish played in Cartier Field. The stadium seating capacity was nearly 60,000 for decades, until a major renovation between 1994 and 1997 added an upper bowl and more than 20,000 additional seats, which increased the capacity to over 80,000. In 2014, the Campus Crossroads renovation decreased the seats to 77,622. The stadium has sold out regularly for home games since 1964.

It is one of the oldest, most recognizable and iconic venues in college football. It is also famous for its view of the "Touchdown Jesus" mural. The playing surface was changed to artificial turf in 2014, after 84 seasons on natural grass. The playing field has a conventional north–south alignment at an approximate elevation of 730 feet (225 m) above sea level.

In 2014 the $400 million Campus Crossroads expansion renovated the structure and added three buildings onto the stadium: the Duncan Student Center, which hosts student recreational and dining facilities, O'Neill Hall, which houses the university's music department, and Corbett Family Hall, which hosts the psychology and anthropology departments. In addition, the three buildings house premium stadium seating, press boxes, and event spaces.

The stadium also hosts the university's commencement, and has also been the venue for a concert, the 2019 NHL Winter Classic, and hockey, soccer, and rugby matches.
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  • The seats were easy to find and there was enough room you did not feel as if you were sitting on someone's lap. The concessions were reasonably priced for football and no beer was served. It is a... 
    The seats were easy to find and there was enough room you did not feel as if you were sitting on someone's lap. The concessions were reasonably priced for football and no beer was served. It is a...  more »
  • The game day Notre Dame experience is one of the most electric experiences you can have in sports. Passionate students section, the band, flyovers by the military….raises the hair on the back of... 
    The game day Notre Dame experience is one of the most electric experiences you can have in sports. Passionate students section, the band, flyovers by the military….raises the hair on the back of...  more »
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  • One of my favorite places on this big giant rock. The food was great, plenty of souvenir shops to choose from. The video screens every where help you stay up with the action at all times.

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