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Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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13x Champion:
1919, 1924, 1929, 1930, 1943,
1946, 1947, 1949, 1964, 1966,
1973, 1977, 1988



opened 1930






 

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whether you like Notre Dame or not, this place IS college football
 

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a damn good way to find out
I dislike ND (go buckeyes), but this place is gorgeous. They expanded this several years back and did not go the condo route ala the ruined Michigan stadium. I was looking forward to 117,000 of big-house symmetry that would have been just as good looking as this.
 

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Actually it's located in a town just outside of South Bend, Indiana called Notre Dame, Indiana. ;)
 

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This place is interesting in that the expansion of 1997 was actually two projects: rebuilding and refurbishing the original stadium, and building a new building to hold the ~22,000 seat addition. The original structure needed major repairs, and they had to remove the press box and replace it with seating. And at the same time, they were building basically a large ring around the stadium, which would support the extra 22,000 seats, the new press box and suites, and accommodate expanded offices and training facilities.

This was also the place where the seat license concept started. In 1929, Knute Rockne had threatened to retire over the subject of cost overruns on the stadium project. The president of the university, Father O'Donnell, was aware that Rockne offered his resignation about once a month, so he ignored the offer but came up with the idea of offering "reserved box seats". This idea raised about $150,000, which was about 20% of the total cost of the new stadium.
 

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I have a few snapshots of the stadium before the renovations from my visit in '92 (I was 7 at the time).

Don't know how they'd turn out if I scanned them...
 
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