As my colleagues at CSNChicago wrote about over the weekend, if you’re a die-hard Notre Dame fan feeling nostalgic about natural grass at Notre Dame Stadium, you can now buy a two-by-five foot piece of grass turf from the stadium for $149.95.
Notre Dame sent a release out Monday morning with more details on the sale: The sod will be removed from Notre Dame Stadium by Tuesday, May 20, shipped on May 21 and delivered by May 23 (the $149.95 includes two-day shipping). The cuts of grass will come from the least-worn areas of the stadium — some sections were in pretty awful shape by the end of the 2013 season, and in even worse shape during the Blue-Gold game last month.
Notre Dame has played football on natural grass for every season of the program’s existence, but will switch to artificial turf for the coming 2014 season. Issues with the field grew over the last few years, with 2013’s regular season home finale against BYU a pretty egregious example of how bad the turf got (there were about 10 instances of a player being “tackled” after slipping and falling on a dead patch of grass).
Natural or artificial turf became a sticking point with a lot of Notre Dame fans hoping the school would continue to “do things differently” than other college programs. But tradition only goes so far when it becomes impossible to maintain a passable quality in natural grass.