The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are getting a new playing surface at Notre Dame Stadium with the installation of artificial turf in that will replace the natural grass surface, the school announced Saturday.
“We had a strong disposition to stay with a natural grass field,” athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a statement via The Chicago Tribune. “However, the reality is that in two of the last three seasons we moved commencement to the stadium we have been unable to produce an acceptable playing surface.”
Swarbrick continued saying the installation of FieldTurf will allow Notre Dame to play on the same surface the team has been practicing on and with planned renovations, it would have been difficult to make the natural grass surface tough to maintain.
As you can see from this picture, the field isn’t in the best of condition for the Irish’s spring game, so the move will be a welcome one, even if it represents the first time in history that Notre Dame plays a home game on something other than grass.
Checking in from Notre Dame Stadium two hours before the Blue-Gold Game. Winter has not helped this field. pic.twitter.com/ck444a8L0m
— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) April 12, 2014
According to The Tribune, the FieldTurf will be laid down after commencement weekend concludes on May 18th and is expected to be completed two weeks prior to the Fighting Irish’s season opener against the Rice Owls on august 31st.