Notre Dame announces the addition of a video board for football stadium
Depending on your perspective, the sky may be falling after Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick announced the addition of a “jumbotron”. For others, this may be the news they have been waiting to hear for a long time. In a statement published by UND.com, the school’s athletic website, Swarbrick said:
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"“We are confident the introduction of video will significantly improve enjoyment of every aspect of a game at Notre Dame Stadium–including the ability to support game day introductions and presentations with video elements, additional opportunities to promote the University, plus replays.”"
In addition to the video board, the University will upgrade the restrooms, concession stands, improvements to the WIFI and bench seating.
"“That commitment involves everything from technology to amenities such as restrooms and concessions. When completed the Crossroads Project will improve the experience of every fan who attends our games.”"
Many Irish fans and alumni took issue when Notre Dame installed field turf last season. Critics said that real grass in Notre Dame Stadium was a tradition. However, the basis and simple appearance of the playing surface won others over.
If it is handled respectfully, the video board will add to the Notre Dame Stadium experience. The video replays will be great in referee replay situations. Although, it will ruin the experience of wondering what just happened.
“Notre Dame Stadium is one of the most tradition-rich facilities in all of college football,” said Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick. “The Campus Crossroads Project is indicative of our commitment to making even greater use of it in the decades to come.”
The Crossroads Project will bring more student facilities to Notre Dame Stadium. The project is scheduled to be completed by August 2017. Notre Dame tentatively opens the season against Temple on September 2nd.