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Video board to be installed for 2017 football season

A video board will adorn the south end zone of Notre Dame Stadium when the Irish open their 2017 season, the Notre Dame Athletic Department announced in a statement Tuesday.

The announcement, which also laid out other enhancements planned for Notre Dame Stadium, said the construction of the video board is a part of the ongoing Campus Crossroads project which began after the final home game against Louisville last season.

“We are confident the introduction of video will significantly improve enjoyment of every aspect of a game at Notre Dame Stadium — including the ability to support game day introductions and presentations with video elements, additional opportunities to promote the University, plus replays,” University athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in the release.

In addition to the video board in the south end zone, the release also mentioned the installation of ribbon boards along the east and west sides of the stadium.

Further plans announced in Tuesday’s statement include the replacement of all the wooden benches in the stadium with vinyl-clad benches that will come with an 18-inch standard width for seating. Other changes include improvements to the stadium's Wi-Fi network and the existing sound system within the stadium bowl and renovation of restrooms, concession stands and upper and lower concourses.

“Campus Crossroads planning from the very beginning has involved a commitment to ensuring that our fans enjoy a top-quality, in-stadium experience,” Swarbrick said in the release.

“That commitment involves everything from technology to amenities such as restrooms and concessions. When completed, the Crossroads project will improve the experience of every fan who attends our games.”

The University also announced it will remove the scoreboard at the north end of the stadium “to enhance the view of the Word of Life mural ['Touchdown Jesus'] on the Hesburgh Library.”

The release said Notre Dame will not show advertisements or commercials on the video board.

“As is the case with the video boards at Purcell Pavilion and the Compton Family Ice Arena, there will be no advertising or commercials associated with the use of the video boards,” the statement said.

The University announced Campus Crossroads in January 2014 as a means of adding academic and student life spaces closer to the center of campus.

“Notre Dame Stadium is one of the most tradition-rich facilities in all of college football,” Swarbrick said. “The Campus Crossroads project is indicative of our commitment to making even greater use of it in the decades to come.”