Tim Newcomb | October 7, 2014 | Sports Illustrated
Forget about corporate sponsorship. Pull the fans tight to the field. And embrace campus architecture with a unique brick limestone blend detailed with a collegiate gothic aesthetic. Oh, and put in some 1930s lore about a coach helping design the stadium, and Notre Dame Stadium fills with history, tradition and a college football vibe altogether unmatched.
Originally opened in 1930, the house that Rockne built -- legendary Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne didn’t build the original 54,000-seat venue, but he did help draw up the blueprints, including insisting that the first rows of seats should tuck tight to the field to limit space for unwanted folks filling his sidelines -- underwent a major overhaul in 1997, an addition that added over 21,000 seats and pulled the venue to a capacity close to 81,000.
But as Nate Appleman, architect for 360 Architects and the person responsible for Notre Dame’s upcoming renovations, tells SI.com, that original history was layered over with the 1990s renovations.