In 2007, the University of Notre Dame began implementing its Athletics Quad Master Plan to improve the game day experience for Fighting Irish fans and drive revenue from athletic events while creating a student-athlete experience consistent with the elite athletic and academic reputation of the University.
As part of the Athletics Quad Master Plan, RATIO was selected to design and implement the Multi-Venue Athletics Project, which included competition venues for the soccer, lacrosse and track & field programs.
The soccer and lacrosse stadiums each seat 2000 spectators in permanent stands and provide locker and team spaces for both men and women, a press box, concessions and ticketing undercover.
The track and field facility features a nine-lane outdoor track complex that meets IAAF guidelines and features the widest possible turns. Throwing and jumping events are located in two directions for maximum efficiency and event flexibility. A synthetic “D” zone hosts warm-up activities.
RATIO designed the athletic venues to integrate into the fabric of campus by providing open lawn and pedestrian areas that serve as transitional passageways from the traditional academic campus to the new athletic campus. The stadiums blend into the architectural vocabulary of the campus, particularly of the iconic Notre Dame Football Stadium nearby.