Notre Dame vice president and director of athletics Jack Swarbrick announced today that installation of FieldTurf will begin following the University's Commencement Weekend.
"We had a strong predisposition to stay with a natural grass field," says Notre Dame
vice president and director of athletics Jack Swarbrick. "However, the reality is that in two of the last three seasons since we moved Commencement to the Stadiu, we have been unable to produce an acceptable playing surface. That, combined with the likely impacts of future construction at the Stadium, led to to conclude that we would continue to struggle to maintain a grass field that meets the expectations of our student-athletes and fans as it relates to appearance, performance and safety."
"Synthetic turf will assist our game preparation because our team will be able to play and practice on the same surface. We will also be able to utilize the Notre Dame Stadium field for practices on home football Fridays and other occasions, whereas that is currently unrealistic. Additionally, this change allows us to eliminate the risk to players posed by the asphalt perimeter that has to be maintained around our current field."
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The project will begin after Commencement (May 16-18) and is expected to be completed by August 15.
Notre Dame opens its season with Rice on August 31 in South Bend.