Courtney Becker | September 5, 2017
In addition to upgrades to Notre Dame Stadium, the Campus Crossroads project will affect day-to-day student life — particularly with the complete opening of the Duncan Student Center, a new center of student recreational activity on campus, in January 2018.
This aspect of the project, which vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said was 20 years in the making for the University, will house several services that are being relocated to the new building, such as the career center and office of residential life.
Among the hospitality space located within Duncan Student Center is the Dahnke Ballroom on the seventh floor of the building, which will serve to improve student life outside of football season, vice president for facilities design and operations Doug Marsh said.
“ … Above the rim [of Notre Dame Stadium] are hospitality spaces activated for not just the six or seven home games, but also for many other special events we’ll host here on campus — principally for student life,” Marsh said on a press tour Aug. 11. “ … [There is] the Dahnke Family Ballroom on the seventh level that will host up to 600 people at a banquet function — but more importantly for student life, our residence halls’ great traditions and their twice-a-year semi-formals that they host in and around campus throughout every academic year.”
The overall intention of the facility, Hoffmann Harding said, is to promote student growth in a communal environment.
“I’m delighted, I’m thrilled and I’m so hopeful about how this new facility will allow us to support, engage and develop our students over generations to come,” she said on the press tour.