The Notre Dame football team now has another top-notch selling point when they hit the recruiting trail.
The university announced on Friday that the much-discussed Irish Indoor Athletics Center will begin construction soon and is expected to be ready in July 2019.
The 111,400-square-foot facility, which will be used by the football team and soccer programs, will be built on the surface of the western-most field of the LaBar Practice Complex.
Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick proudly points out that the complex will be a benefit not just to the football team but to the entire campus.
The complex will be available to host “campus-wide and community events, sports camps, recreational and club sports, pep rallies, game-day hospitality and other programming”, per the press release.
“Much as we have done with our approach to the Compton Family Ice Arena and the recent additions surrounding the football stadium, our focus when developing athletic facilities is to create uses that extend beyond varsity athletics,” Swarbrick said in the press release. “In this instance, in addition to creating what we believe will be the best indoor football practice facility in the country, we are creating additional recreational, club sport and community opportunities, while also ensuring that the students on our other varsity teams are practicing at times that allow for a more typical student experience.”
The expansion enables more time in the Loftus Sports Center (the university’s current lone multi-purpose indoor facility) for other varsity programs, recreational and club sports, campus events and community activities.
This complex should definitely serve as a compelling case for prized prospects to take their talents to South Bend.