South Bend is preparing for another season of Notre Dame football, and an influx of visitors and dollars. The South Bend Regional Chamber says the average home football weekend generates an economic impact topping $15 million. The upcoming season will also showcase the $400 million Campus Crossroads project, which features renovations to Notre Dame Stadium and three new facilities.
South Bend Regional Chamber Chief Executive Officer Jeff Rea says, of the $15.1 million impact, about $13.6 million comes from visitors outside of St. Joseph County. This season will have an even larger impact than most. While Notre Dame has six home games in a typical season, the school will host seven this year.
Rea says the region’s hotels will reap much of that benefit. He says the region has more than 50 properties, accounting for over 4,300 rooms. The chamber expects two more hotel properties, adding another 272 rooms, to open during the season.
The Campus Crossroads Project is the largest ever project at the school. Stadium enhancements include new luxury and wider bowl seating options, a large video board and sideline "ribbon" video boards, updated bathrooms and concession stands and better access to video and data for fans. The project also involves three new facilities: The Duncan Student Center on the stadium’s west side, Corbett Family Hall on the east side and O’Neill Hall on the south side.
The home opener for the Fighting Irish is set for September 2 against Temple.