Sue Lister | July 26, 2016
Kenn and Pamela Ricci of Willoughby, Ohio, have made a $5 million gift to the University of Notre Dame for a project that will create an outdoor home for the Band of the Fighting Irish and a world-class facility for students participating in RecSports.
The facility, located adjacent to Stepan Center and to be named Ricci Family Fields, will be used by the Notre Dame marching band as a rehearsal field. The fully lit, artificial turf football field, complete with a band director’s tower, will enable the Band of the Fighting Irish to practice in the same location on a consistent basis throughout football season for the first time in its 170-year history. When not in use by the band, Ricci Family Fields, along with two additional lighted turf fields, will be used for more than 1,000 games and by 10,000 students participating in various RecSports activities annually.
The Ricci Family Fields project will also include a new storage building, restrooms and locker room facilities to meet the needs of the Band of the Fighting Irish. The restrooms will also be available for year-round use by RecSports, in addition to the locker rooms when not occupied by the band.