Facts & Stats
From the first season played in Notre Dame Stadium in 1930 through 2007, the Fighting Irish have played 399 games in the facility with a home record of 298-96-5.
Total home attendance from 1930 through 2007: 22.8 million.
Every Irish home game since 1966 has been a sellout with the exception of a Thanksgiving Day match-up with Air Force in 1973. That game was changed to the holiday to accommodate national TV and was played with students absent from campus.
The final home game of 1991 against Tennessee saw two more stadium milestones reached. The 100th straight sellout crowd entered the stadium, which was hosting its 300th game since the 1930 opening.
The first home game of the 2008 season against San Diego State (a 21-13 Irish victory) was the 200th consecutive sellout game at Notre Dame Stadium.
Notre Dame’s 35-17 victory over Michigan in the second game of the 2008 season was the 300th win in Notre Dame Stadium.
Notre Dame Stadium previously ranked 44th in seating capacity among Division I-A football facilities. As a result of the stadium expansion in 1997, it now ranks 19th.
Notre Dame officials have allowed only two movies to be shot on campus in the history of the University. The first was Knute Rockne All American, released in 1940. The film starred Pat O’Brien as Rockne, and Ronald Reagan as his most famous player, George Gipp, affectionately known as “The Gipper.”
The 1993 film Rudy was the second. Rudy is an account of the life of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger who harbored dreams of playing football at Notre Dame despite significant obstacles. The movie’s climax during Rudy’s final game was filmed during halftime at the game between Notre Dame and Boston College in 1992.
Music concerts are not held in Notre Dame Stadium in order to preserve its legendary traditions.
The 1997 expansion added 26 rows and 21,720 seats to the stadium, raising capacity from 59,075 to 80,795.
A new natural-grass field and new goal posts were added. The field was not lowered; instead, the first three rows of seats were eliminated. The field was replaced before the 2008 season.
A new three-level press box with field and campus views was constructed on the west side. The press box includes up to 330 work stations, three television broadcast booths, and five radio broadcast booths.
The Notre Dame locker room was expanded from 3,800 square feet and 70 lockers to 8,200 square feet and 105 lockers.
Notre Dame players continue to enter the field down a set of stairs past the “Play Like A Champion” sign, but stairs to the visiting locker room have been eliminated, with the top of the processional tunnel ramp now serving as the visiting team entrance.
“Notre Dame Stadium is a building that helps to fulfill this University's mission. It engages the culture ... with a culture of its own. It doesn't just deserve respectful preservation ... it embodies it. It is a building where people and ideas and traditions come together. It will be best suited to speak boldly about tomorrow's hopes if we preserve its ability to speak proudly about yesterday's–and today's–dreams coming true.”