Notre Dame announced on Wednesday its new design for the FieldTurf that is being installed next week at Notre Dame Stadium.
The turf design will combine some of the old with some of the new.
The field will keep the nine traditional diagonal lines in both endzones (18 in total) at the 42 degree angle, representing 1842, the year the University was founded.
It will add an interlocking ND, Notre Dame’s traditional logo, at midfield and will also add two small green shamrocks at each of the 35-yard lines, where kickoffs take place.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a statement that the University is carefully trying to balance the traditional feel of the stadium while also enhancing some of its visual elements.
"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 in the statement. "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 Irish kick off the 2014 season against Rice on Aug. 30. Installation of the FieldTurf is expected to happen shortly after the material is delivered next week.