May 27, 1998
NOTRE DAME, Ind.--Recognize the familiar 59,075 capacity for the football at the University of Notre Dame?
The new figure to remember beginning in 1998 is 80,012.
That's down slightly from the '97 capacity of 80,225, a figure that represented a computerized projection of seating prior to the completion of construction of the nearly-21,000-seat addition to the stadium.
The adjusted 80,012 number represents a refined seating manifest that includes more specific figures for handicapped seat availability as well as other minor changes that weren't apparent until construction was finished and the '97 season actually began.
Because Notre Dame football home games have been advance sellouts for more than 30 years, the University has used the tickets-sold figure as opposed to an actual turnstile count since 1966.