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Notre Dame ditching real grass, embracing the fake stuff

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That famed grass at Notre Dame Stadium that Rudy cut and lined to help work his way into a spot on the Irish football roster?  It’s gone.  Or, at least, it will.

During Notre Dame’s spring game Saturday afternoon — on the NBC Sports Network, incidentally — athletic director Jack Swarbrick confirmed that the stadium’s grass will be replaced with a version of FieldTurf.  Ripping out of the old and installing the new will begin shortly after commencement the middle of next month and is expected to be completed by the middle of August, well before the home and season opener Aug. 30 against Rice.

While Swarbrick stated that the university “had a strong predisposition to stay with a natural grass field,” the natural grass field had become unacceptable and embarrassing the past couple of years.

The move to the synthetic grass is hardly a surprise as Swarbrick has broached the subject numerous times in the past.  The surface was admittedly a mess last season, with the South Bend Tribune writing in late December that “the field was replaced three times between March and October of 2013, and by November it was a slick, divot-pocked surface that frustrated Irish head coach Brian Kelly, the Irish players and Swarbrick.”

Given the level of frustration in recent years, the university and football program had almost no choice but to go the FieldTurf route.

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9 Responses to “Notre Dame ditching real grass, embracing the fake stuff”
  1. dbldmr says: Apr 12, 2014 1:42 PM

    Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick.

  2. footballnut85 says: Apr 12, 2014 1:48 PM

    Welcome to the new millennium! Put a block ND at midfield and The Leprechaun in the end zones!

  3. drummerhoff says: Apr 12, 2014 2:17 PM

    This should have happened a long time ago. But ND will never be mistaken for an early adapter.

    What’s next? Full conference membership in the B1G? That day will come too.

  4. spreadthecheese says: Apr 12, 2014 2:57 PM


    Do you follow college football? Notre Dame has a partnership with the ACC. If they ever join a conference it’d be the ACC.

    Why would anyone join the Big Ten when all you can get to join are programs like Rutgers?

  5. irishdodger says: Apr 12, 2014 3:10 PM

    Bout time.

  6. thekatman says: Apr 12, 2014 3:17 PM

    ND defense will get run over. Remember what ND did with the gas length when SC and Reggie Bush came to South Bend in 2005?

  7. 10kmp says: Apr 12, 2014 8:16 PM


    “Why would anyone join the Big Ten when all you can get to join are programs like Rutgers?”

    Huh? You mean programs like Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State and Nebraska? You mean perennial top 20 programs like those??? You just picked Rutgers out of the air to make your point? Ok, I can do the same for the ACC; why would anyone join the ACC when all you get to join are programs like Wake Forrest, Virginia, Syracuse, Georgia Tech and Duke (one good year means nothing, Blue Devils). What a dope…

  8. eagles512 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:26 AM


  9. 1historian says: Apr 14, 2014 10:40 AM

    Inevitable – had to be done. They have $400,000,000 in expansion plans there, a lot of which is connected to the stadium, so this is basically a no-brainer.

    All of you who hate Notre Dame, and I know there’s a bunch of you – when you take a slam at her have the decency (aka guts) to tell us who you root for.

    FYI – I love Notre Dame.

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