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Notre Dame Stadium to switch to artificial turf


Athletic director Jack Swarbrick tried to come up with a solution to keep a grass playing surface at Notre Dame Stadium. He said there wasn’t one.

Swarbrick announced Saturday that the university will switch to FieldTurf at the iconic stadium.

‘‘Everybody is in agreement: If we could get the best surface there in grass, we’d love to have that,’’ Irish coach Brian Kelly said. ‘‘We just haven’t been able to get to that. This is the best option available to us.’’

A decision was reached in February. Officials will begin installing the FieldTurf after commencement weekend (May 16-18), and the anticipated completion date is Aug. 15.

‘‘We were spending a lot of time trying to find a grass answer,’’ Swarbrick said. ‘‘ . . . With the construction that is going to go on here for three years, could we get ourselves in a position where we would have a high-quality grass field week in and week out? And we just couldn’t get ourselves there.

‘‘It was more process of elimination that caused us to finally say: ‘We looked at everything. We talked to everybody. Let’s go ahead.’ ’’

This article was republished with permission. The original article was published in The Chicago-Sun Times and can be viewed by clicking here.


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