The University of Notre Dame released a rendering of what the new field will look like in Notre Dame Stadium. Not only will the surface be artificial, it will feature a monogram block “ND” at the center of the field and small green shamrocks at the 35-yard line where the kickoff takes place. However, the Fighting Irish held with the tradition diagonal lines in the end zone.
Speculation has also surrounded the jerseys that Notre Dame will wear in the Shamrock Series game against Purdue on September 13th. An Irish Illustrated reader rendered an image of what the uniforms might look like. It has been circulating that the uniform will be all blue with gold helmets that feature a monogram “ND” emblem.
Both of these new Notre Dame football “traditions” draw mixed reviews from fans. Some fans are all in. Others are completely against it.
Are these new things helping or hurting Notre Dame football?
Jack Swarbrick said in the press release, “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 University kept with the tradition dashes in the end zone. 18 dashes at a 42-degree angle symbolizing “1842” the year the school was founded. The field appears to be a great compromise between old and new.
The uniforms are something that individuals are either going to love or hate. There can be no middle ground in that debate. Either Notre Dame wears traditional Blue-Gold jerseys or they wear something new.
Notre Dame needs to evolve to compete in today’s landscape. It is important to remember that objects like “Play Like A Champion Today” only appeared in 1986 under Lou Holtz.