Cue the Notre Dame Victory March for Levy Restaurants. The Fighting Irish have signed with the company to take over food services for all on-campus facilities. This includes both the football stadium and the arena, the Joyce Center. Levy Restaurants replaces Centerplate that held the contract the past five years. Notre Dame operated food service in-house before 2011. The deal covers both premium seating and general concessions.
The Campus Crossroads project adds facilities to the outside of the stadium. Photo Credit: Notre Dame
"In designing a culinary program for one of the country's cornerstone athletic brands, we are excited to deliver a hospitality experience that builds on instilled traditions and creates memories for the many generations of fans and guests," said Levy President and CEO Andy Lansing in a statement.
Notre Dame Stadium, which originally opened in 1930, is undergoing heavy renovations as part of the Campus Crossroads project. Once completed the stadium will feature 750,000 square feet of teaching, research and performance space plus student life and recreation facilities. The plan is to use the building more extensively outside of football season. The stadium currently hosts over 80,000 fans on fall Saturdays and last expanded in 1997.
Levy Restaurants, one of the largest food, stadium vendors in the world is based out of Chicago, IL. A major player in NBA and NHL arenas as well as MLB, the company recently became more active in college athletics, taking over accounts such as Oregon State in 2015. They also hold the contracts for Iowa State, Ohio State, Purdue, Texas A&M, Colorado, Missouri and Wisconsin.