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FieldTurf will be installed at Notre Dame Stadium after commencement events May 16-18 with an expected completion date of Aug. 15.
Notre Dame notebook

Stadium set to get field facelift

– Notre Dame’s battle to preserve natural grass in its football stadium in harsh environmental conditions is over.

The university announced during Saturday’s Blue-Gold Game that FieldTurf will be installed after commencement events May 16-18 with an expected completion date of Aug. 15.

“We just couldn’t get ourselves there,” athletic director Jack Swarbrick said of keeping the grass field.

Swarbrick said Notre Dame had to replace the grass four times in 2013, twice during the season.

The addition of FieldTurf could lead to an outdoor hockey game at the stadium and will allow for more events to happen on the field, Swarbrick said.

Swarbrick said there haven’t been discussions of adding logos to the field when it goes to turf, but he doesn’t expect it to look much different than it has in the past.

“It’s really about getting a surface where there is some consistency week in and week out for our players,” coach Brian Kelly said.

“I think today was an indication.”

Settling in

Linebacker and former Bishop Luers star Jaylon Smith had six tackles in the spring game.

Smith is adjusting to a linebacker role that has him playing inside almost as much as he lines up outside.

“Every play starts with sight, the beginning of my career, all my lift, I’ve seen the game from an outside perspective,” Smith said.

“It’s really just getting used to reading offensive linemen from inside out.

“I’ve had 14 practices and the spring game to get the hang of it. It’s going good.”

Banged up Baratti

Safety Nicky Baratti was attended to by trainers during the spring game as he appeared to injure his right shoulder.

Baratti has had two surgeries on his left shoulder while at Notre Dame.

“He was pulled out of the game, it was not his repaired shoulder. That’s all I can tell you,” Kelly said.