The Journal Gazette
Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:00 am

Notre Dame Stadium goes natural for soccer

Grass placed on field temporarily for the 1st time since 1994

Associated Press

SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame Stadium is getting a layer of natural turf in preparation for a professional soccer match.

Crews began unrolling large rolls of turf at the stadium Monday, ahead of Friday's scheduled friendly matchup between Liverpool F.C. and Borussia Dortmund.

It will be the first professional soccer game at the stadium.

Fenway Sports Group is the owner of the Liverpool team and the Boston Red Sox. It's leasing the stadium as part of a three-city tour that will include preseason friendly matches at the stadium, Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium.

Steve Bush, the owner of Bush Sports Turf in Iowa, told The South Bend Tribune that the turf should be fully installed by Wednesday.

After that, crews will roll the field to ensure a perfect playing surface before it is mowed and soccer lines are painted on the surface. Watering will be necessary, including during halftime of the game.

Natural grass hadn't been at the stadium since 2014. After the soccer match, the grass will be removed and composted, the Tribune reported, and protective fabric will also be taken off by Sunday.

Within the last year, Notre Dame stadium also hosted a Garth Brooks concert and the NHL's Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.

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