The Notre Dame football team will play their Shamrock Series game this weekend, and here is a history of the uniforms, some good, some really bad.
The Shamrock Series was established, in large part, as a recruiting tool for Notre Dame football. It gave players a chance to play in a unique venue, wear alternate uniforms, and gave the coaching staff the chance to play across the country. Playing across the country, in turn, makes it easier to recruit regions you normally wouldn’t have time to get to, while building fans in the area.
In short, the reasons are similar to why the Navy game is held in a different major city during the years wear Navy acts as a home team.
For most fans, though, the uniforms are the most important thing outside of actually winning the game that goes on. Early on, there was hesitancy to try new uniforms. After all, Notre Dame football is a program built on its traditions, and the uniforms are one of the most sacred. So, no one wanted to anger or upset long-term fans.
That’s changed over time, though, and while some fans still don’t like the uniforms, Notre Dame football generally does a great job creating unique uniforms.
So, let’s take a look back at the history of these uniforms, from start to finish, for every Shamrock Series game that has been played through this Saturday’s game against Wisconsin in Soldier Field.
The next Shamrock Series game will be in 2022, and it will be held in Las Vegas against BYU. Until then, here is a brief history of Notre Dame’s uniforms in this modern tradition: