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Notre Dame releases design updates for FieldTurf

Jul 16, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

Few football programs need a press release to discuss the markings on their home football field. But after months of wonderment by certain segments of the Irish football fanbase, the athletic department gave us an early “look” at what the new synthetic playing surface will look like when Notre Dame takes the field this fall.

There will be subtle changes. But “a strong sense of history will permeate the look of the field and its markings,” according to the official release.

Let’s get to the big stuff first. The interlocking ND logo will be at midfield, a change from the previous playing surface. In place of the hash marks on the 35-yard line where the ball is placed for kickoffs, a small green shamrock will be on the field. Athletic director Jack Swarbrick talked about the rationale for the changes.

“The interlocking ND is the most recognized symbol of our University and its athletics programs, and we wanted to communicate that to our fans and all those viewing our home games on NBC,” Swarbrick said.

“The integration of the shamrocks allows us to achieve consistency across all of our new or recently renovated facilities where both the interlocking ND and a shamrock have a presence on the playing surface.”

The traditional hashmarks in the end zone will also remain. But lest you think they are just diagonal lines, the year of Notre Dame’s founding will be honored, with a total of 18 hash marks (nine in each) set at a 42 degree angle towards the Basilica and Golden Dome. (Get it? 1842.)

Even the planters in front of the gold seats will be attended to, with Irish coastal grasses joining the mums.

The synthetic surface will be delivered next week and installed shortly after, completing the resurfacing with plenty of time.



  1. johngaltisspeaking - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Like I said either fans will embrace the artificial turf after a ten win season or they will blame the field after a 7 win season. I can proudly say that we now have an SEC Field.

    • dickasman - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      I’d love to be the first to give screaming orgazm at the 50 yd line on that fake sod. Might be itchy though.

      • mtflsmitty - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        If one can give one’s self a screaming orgasm, I think you’ve got a fair shot, Dick.

      • dickasman - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:10 PM

        Of course w myself. You think id give the honor to some drunken blonde bimbo? Peesh. Just me n my8 ball will suffice.

  2. tedlinko - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Someone in the Engineering Department had to have come up with the 1842 thing. That’s just a bit “cerebral” for a football stadium. Not sure how anybody would know that.

    Aside from that, I like the updates.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      yes I agree 100 percent I am not super high on the slashes and the 1842 thing. Seems way far fetched to me.

    • blackirish23 - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Actually I’d give the credit for the “allegory” of the hashmarks to the School of Architecture at ND. The program is renowned for symbolism in design that would make Dan Brown salivate.

      I’m not in love with the shamrocks as much but that clearly seems to be a direction ND has taken. Other than that, I agree that it’s a nice update.

    • italianirish - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      I don’t think they intended it to be a thing that anyone would “get.” Just a fun fact they can tout to recruits and high school kids visiting to say “look how connected to the past we are! We are old and have tradition.”

      • dudeacow - Jul 17, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        And they can look at Brian and say “Uh huh. That’s great, coach.”

  3. 25kgold - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    One of the advantages ND has had with keeping the traditional long stem natural turf is it slows down a fast visiting team. We better bring our A-game on each home Saturday on both defense and offense, b/c even though it’ll speed us up–they’ll be just as fast(er), too!

    Let’s (see how this) GOes Irish!

  4. irishwilliamsport - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    It’s great that we will have a consistent field to play on and more importantly practice on but can BE any more boring ?

  5. whodabigdog - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    I really like the new look turf. It looks a heck of a lot better than that team up here in Michigan that has that piss stain yellow m on there feild. Lets go Irish!

  6. newmexicoirish - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Actually I was hoping for this kind of outcome. It’s not ostentatious, and there is no commercial advertising. The diagonal lines remain in the end zones, which is understated, yet very distinctive and the interlocking ND logo is a classy touch at mid field. And of the two, I definitely prefer shamrocks to leprechauns!

    Well done Notre Dame!

    • liv4nd - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      just sayin’…probably the 1st time the word “ostentatious” has been used on this blog. Nice work newmexico!

      john….u r so worthless here. Your log in name is an insult to all things Ayn Rand & Atlas Shrugged. ND is the opitome of self reliance and high standards. The SEC is the standard baerer for the Wesley Mouches of the world.

      Get a life and post on your teams blog….oh thats right you do not have enough time since the entire SEC is your “team”…thats a lot of posting to do isn’t it? Schmuck!

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:22 PM

        any Rand was an atheist and the sec is not doing anything wrong except winning games.

      • ndoneill - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        If only Rand’s utopia could figure out how to teach people to spell…

      • domerboyirish - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM

        “the sec is not doing anything wrong”

        And you thought that you had credibility….

      • papadec - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        oooooooh john, john, john – you do live in a fantasy world of denial regarding the sec.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        What does the SEC do wrong ? And if they are breaking so many rules why are they not on sanctions ?

  7. domerboyirish - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM


    One question that was never answered, unless I missed it somewhere, is whether the field is heated or not? The previous time lapse video went too fast to recognize tubing / wiring installation required for such a feature. Can you find out and let us know?

  8. irishdog80 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    It is clear that Swarbrick and Kelly have a plan when it comes to advancing the Notre Dame “brand”. The Under Armour product was focused on the interlocking ND and low key uses of the Shamrock. It will all come together with the finalization of the Crossroads Project.

    On another note, did you know that Physical Education is being downgraded as part of the Freshman Year experience at ND? No more Figure Skating, Volleyball and Social Dancing…among other choices and instead it is being replaced with a new course called First Year Experience. I am OK with all the changes…so far…on the field, but taking away the unique bonding experience of the Freshmen Swim Test, awkward Social Dancing classes and learning how to Ice Skate and play hockey is where I start to draw the line. We need less “indoctrination classes” and more physical activity. Where else would I have learned how to polka?

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      OH JEEZ

    • notredameirish1980 - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Thank God for ROTC.

    • irishdog80 - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      Freshmen PE has been part of the unique ND experience and a source of many funny stories and good times for a lot of ND students. ND does not have a PE Major or a “General Studies” Major where an athlete can hide and only take the easy courses on campus. Freshmen PE was a not for credit course. It was a fun way to meet other ND students and every ND graduate knew how to swim when they graduated. My understanding is that the current students at ND are sad to see it go and have expressed their disappointment. Here’s a link that summarizes both sides of the issue…I am firmly on the Freshmen PE side of the issue:

    • glowplugv - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      You younger guys are wimps…figure skating, volleyball and social dancing is “PE??” Back before the Joyce Center, Lofton and indoor tennis, if you failed your freshman PE running test your PE options were wrestling or gymnastics. Oh these younger generation(s)…..

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