University announces construction of new indoor athletic facility
Observer Staff Report | Monday, April 9, 2018
An athletics center will be built to broaden the indoor space of three varsity athletics programs, the University announced in a press release Friday. The facility will be 111,400 square feet and is scheduled to be completed in July 2019, according to the release.
Funded by gifts from multiple benefactors, the building will be constructed on the western-most field of the football team’s LaBar Practice Complex and will open practice space for the football, men and women’s soccer programs, the release stated. Dubbed the “Irish Indoor Athletics Center,” it will also be able to accommodate other recreational, campus-wide and community activities.
According to the release, the new facilities are intended to provide greater access to the Loftus Sports Center, the University’s only sizable multi-purpose indoor facility that is currently in consistent heavy use.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick emphasized the many functions the new center will serve while helping student-athletes balance their academic and athletic schedules.
“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 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.”
Vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said the facility’s creation will benefit a number of other students as well.
“Allowing increased, consistent access to the Loftus Sports Complex will better serve students who compete passionately and successfully in dozens of clubs sports and intramural leagues, and perform in the renowned Band of the Fighting Irish,” she said.