NOTRE DAME — Notre Dame Stadium’s new field design has rolled out, mixing old designs with new.
The Notre Dame FieldTurf will feature an interlocking “ND” logo at midfield and small, green shamrocks on each 35-yard line. The traditional diagonal striping in each end zone will still be featured.
Notre Dame vice president and athletics director Jack Swarbrick described the field in a statement on und.com.
“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.
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.
While being careful to maintain the look and feel of the original Rockne bowl, we are using this opportunity to make sure that every visual element of the field is carefully considered and helps to celebrate our University and its rich traditions.
Examples of the latter will include a reworking of the planters along the sidelines to include Irish coastal grasses with the mum plantings, as well as the application of appropriate color pantones and theming to sideline equipment, pylons and yard markers.”
The new design is consistent with what head coach Brian Kelly first described in May. In April, Swarbrick first announced FieldTurf would replace Notre Dame’s traditional grass field.
The turf field is expected to be delivered next week and installation will begin shortly thereafter.