Sports Digest: Notre Dame plans $400M project at stadium

2014-01-29T22:00:00Z 2014-02-01T16:26:09Z Sports Digest: Notre Dame plans $400M project at stadium nwitimes.com
January 29, 2014 10:00 pm

College football

NOTRE DAME PLANS $400M PROJECT AT STADIUM: The University of Notre Dame's iconic football stadium will be flanked by three massive buildings under a $400 million project that will also create nearly 4,000 premium seats at the "House that Rockne Built."

The plans for the buildings were presented to the university's board of trustees during their meeting Wednesday in Rome.

The Rev. John Jenkins, the university's president, called it "the most ambitious building project in the 172-year history of Notre Dame," saying more space was needed to accommodate the university's broadening research activity.

The new buildings will add about 750,000 square feet and will house a student center, the anthropology and psychology departments, and a digital media center and music and sacred music departments. The side facing Touchdown Jesus won't be changed.

The buildings on the east and west sides of the stadium will rise nine stories and include premium seating, increasing the capacity of Notre Dame Stadium from 80,795 to more than 84,000, although widening seats on the benches could cut down the number of seats. The press box will also move from the west to the east side.

The south building will be six stories high and include a hospitality area. The student center will include a recreation center and allow the university to turn the existing Rolfs Sports Recreation Center into the practice home for the men's and women's basketball teams.

Men's basketball

PUC EASILY BEATS JUDSON: A 62.1 percent shooting percentage and tough defense gave Purdue Calumet an 85-52 win over Judson in Hammond on Wednesday night.

The Peregrines forced 23 turnovers, posting a 33-8 advantage in points off turnovers. Noah Allen led the Peregrines with 21 points, hitting 10-of-12 from the field. Kaspars Brencans had 18 points; Dioscar Gomez had 14 points, and Drew Ridlen chipped in 13 for Purdue Calumet, which improved to 16-6 overall and 8-4 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Peregrines play host to Olivet Nazarene at 3 p.m. Saturday.

KUYPER KO'S IUN: Sal Hermiz scored a game-high 34 points, and Kyle Hoek added 29 as Kuyper rolled over Indiana Northwest, 102-95.

Brandon Grubl led IUN (6-16) with 26 points and six assists. Cody Artuso added 24 points and 10 rebounds.

NORTHWESTERN UPSETS NO. 14 WISCONSIN: Drew Crawford scored a season-high 30 points; JerShon Cobb added all 10 of his points in the second half and Northwestern (11-11, 4-5 Big Ten) upset cold-shooting No. 14 Wisconsin (17-4, 4-4) 65-56 on Wednesday night.

It was Northwestern's first win over the Badgers in Madison since 1996.

BAKER LIFTS NIU OVER KENT STATE: Travon Baker made two free throws with 5.2 seconds left to lift Northern Illinois (8-11, 2-5 Mid-American) to a 50-49 victory over Kent State.

Devareaux Manley made two free throws with 11.2 seconds remaining to put the Golden Flashes (11-9, 2-5) up by a point. But Baker was then fouled attempting a layup.

SIU DEFEATS INDIANA ST.: Anthony Beane had 22 points, while Sean O'Brien and Bola Olaniyan each had double-doubles to lead Southern Illinois past Indiana State (16-5, 7-2 Missouri Valley) 79-60.

Desmar Jackson had 16 points; Olaniyan scored 12, and O'Brien added 11 for SIU (7-15, 3-6). O'Brien and Olaniyan each had 12 rebounds.

LEMON LEADS BRADLEY PAST ILLINOIS ST.: Walt Lemon, Jr. hit his first field goal with less than 10 minutes to play and scored 16 of his 20 points down the stretch as Bradley (9-13, 4-5 Missouri Valley Conference) broke away late in the game to defeat Illinois State (11-10, 4-5) 64-45.

AKRON USES 2 BIG RUNS TO BEAT BALL STATE: Demetrius Treadwell and Nick Harney led the way for Akron (14-6, 6-1 Mid-American) with 15 points each in a 73-46 victory over Ball State.

Majok Majok had 15 points to lead Ball State (4-14, 1-6).

Women's basketball

PUC CRUSHES JUDSON: No. 18 Purdue Calumet (16-5, 10-1) cruised past Judson, 94-49, on Wednesday night in CCAC action.

The Peregrines took advantage of Judson’s 27 turnovers, converting those into 37 points. Stephanie Balon led all scorers with 19 points. Cassidy Deno added 17; Patrice McBee tallied 16, and Tierra Turner chipped in 10 points, seven assists and seven steals.

Pro basketball

BULLS TOPPLE SPURS: Jimmy Butler had 19 points, and Carlos Boozer added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the Bulls handed the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs their third straight loss, 96-86 on Wednesday night.

D.J. Augustin and Taj Gibson added 15 points each, and Joakim Noah had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago.

Tony Parker had 20 points, and Tim Duncan had 17 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio.

Auto racing

MAURICE PETTY COMPLETES PETTY CLAN IN HALL OF FAME: The Petty dynasty is now completely represented in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Maurice Petty has been formally inducted into the Hall, joining his father, brother and cousin as members of the exclusive group.

Maurice Petty was the first member of the fifth class to be inducted during Wednesday night's ceremony. "The Chief" was inducted by brother Richard Petty, the seven-time NASCAR champion and member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class.

Maurice Petty is the first engine builder to be inducted into the Hall. His engines won seven titles and more than 200 races, including seven Daytona 500s.

Also in the Hall from the Petty Enterprise dynasty is patriarch Lee Petty, and the Petty boys' crew chief and cousin, Dale Inman.

Fireball Roberts, considered the first superstar of NASCAR, was the second member inducted. Introduced by four-time series champion Jeff Gordon as a "lightning quick legend" who dominated Daytona with seven victories including the 1962 Daytona 500, Roberts also twice won the Southern 500.

Jack Ingram, considered one of NASCAR's greatest drivers, was inducted by his close friend and rival Harry Gant. Ingram won three consecutive Late Model Sportsman championships, then the inaugural Busch Series title in 1982 and again in 1985.

Two-time series champion Tim Flock, one of NASCAR's first dominant drivers, was remembered during his induction for the Rhesus monkey named Jocko that was his co-pilot for many a race.

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