Notre Dame Stadium is one of the most recognizable college football venues.
The success of Notre Dame Head Coach Knute Rockne's football teams prompted the addition of the original Notre Dame Stadium to the University's athletics program back in 1930.
Originally designed by Osborn Engineering Company, the total cost of construction exceeded $750,000. A $59-million expansion added more than 21,000 seats ahead of the 1997 season, bringing capacity (for football) to its present-day 80,795. Watch the video below for more information on the stadium and Fighting Irish program.
Tickets to the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Notre Dame Stadium between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins are available now. You can purchase via Ticketmaster.com and the Ticketmaster app, the official ticketing partner of the NHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks will be wearing a throwback logo on their 2019 Winter Classic jerseys, reflecting the past history (1920s and '30s) of the Original Six franchise. The rest of the jersey will be unveiled on a later date.
The New Year's Day matchup is Chicago's fourth Winter Classic appearance and Boston's third. The Blackhawks previous outdoor games include hosting the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in 2009; a road trip to play the Washington Capitals in 2015 at Nationals Park; and a matchup against the St. Louis Blues in 2017 at Busch Stadium.
The Boston Bruins were the home club in their two Winter Classic games; a game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park in 2010 and a meeting with the Montreal Canadiens in 2016 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will showcase a host of the top talent in the NHL. The Blackhawks roster includes several NHL All-Stars, including captain Jonathan Toews, forward Patrick Kane and defenseman Duncan Keith, who have been a core of their three recent Stanley Cup championships (2010, 2013, 2015).
Four Bruins players remain from the team that faced off both against the Flyers at Fenway Park in 2010 and the Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in 2016: captain Zdeno Chara, forwards Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, and goaltender Tuukka Rask. All four players were part of Boston's 2011 Stanley Cup championship.
In addition, Blackhawks Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 and Bruins forward Anders Bjork was an All-American for the Fighting Irish in 2017.
The Original Six clubs have had 588 regular-season meetings. They have faced off seven times in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, five of which the Bruins have won. Most recently, the two clubs met in the Stanley Cup Final in 2013, where Chicago beat Boston in the series 4-2 when Dave Bolland tallied the game-winning goal at 19:01 in the third period of Game 6.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the 2019 Bridgestone Winter Classic as it becomes available closer to the date, including videos, written pieces, photos and more.