April 23, 2014
Next season’s schedule is packed with ACC opponents, warm weather destinations and big games in NFL stadiums – and Anthony Travel can take you to all of them! Anthony Travel has created gameday travel packages and hotel options for fans wanting the ultimate Notre Dame football experience. Enjoy convenience, access to fan events, and the camaraderie of traveling with fellow Irish fans.
Anthony Travel, Inc. is proud to partner with the University of Notre Dame’s Athletic Department to offer official travel packages for the 2014 Shamrock Series game! Fan packages are now available and include accommodations at the official Notre Dame fan hotel, The Westin Indianapolis, which is conveniently located within walking distance to the stadium. There you will find a Anthony Travel Hospitality Desk that will assist you throughout the weekend. The travel package will include 2 nights in the hotel, admission to Notre Dame Alumni events, game ticket in the Notre Dame section and more!
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April 23, 2014
The Shirt 2014 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Project and thus to commemorate this milestone this year’s Shirt represents the past, present, and future of Notre Dame Football. The design includes the multiple members of the Notre Dame community and largely features the home of Irish Football – Notre Dame Stadium. The front design of The Shirt 2014, set against the dark blue heather fabric, is a graphic representation of the north entrance of the stadium. It is through this the entrance that the team and band enter the stadium after the players walk from the Hesburgh Library. The phrase on the front, “Then, Now, Forever,” sits atop the stadium recalling the legacy, present and future of Notre Dame Football. This phrase was originally coined by a student member of The Shirt Committee. The stadium is also featured on the back of The Shirt 2014, with the design vantage point set from on the field. From this perspective one sees the players preparing to run out of the tunnel through the band in their traditional ND formation. In the background students and fans fill the stadium seats, wearing The Shirt and cheering the team on by chanting, “WE ARE ND!”
The Shirt 2014 is a new 60/40 blend of Cotton and Polyester rather than previous 100% cotton shirts. The Shirt is produced by Alta Gracia, who also produced The Shirt in 2012 and 2013.
Join the Notre Dame family and purchase The Shirt 2014 today!
April 15, 2014
Artificial turf is coming to Notre Dame Stadium, home field for the University of Notre Dame football program, in time for the 2014 season.
Installation of a FieldTurf surface will begin following the University’s May 16-18 Commencement Weekend. A completion date of Aug. 15, 2014, is anticipated.
The addition of the artificial turf will provide greater consistency for the Irish squad, considering it already practices both outdoors and indoors on FieldTurf. In addition, annual Commencement events and impending Campus Crossroads Project construction make ongoing maintenance of a grass field more difficult.
“We had a strong predisposition to stay with a natural grass field,” says Notre Dame vice president and director of athletics Jack Swarbrick. "However, the reality is that in two of the last three seasons since we moved Commencement to the Stadium we have been unable to produce an acceptable playing surface. That, combined with the likely impacts of future construction at the Stadium, led me to conclude that we would continue to struggle to maintain a grass field that meets the expectations of our student-athletes and fans as it relates to appearance, performance and safety.
“Synthetic turf will assist our game preparation because our team will be able to play and practice on the same surface. We will also be able to utilize the Notre Dame Stadium field for practices on home football Fridays and other occasions, whereas that is currently unrealistic. Additionally, this change allows us to eliminate the risk to players posed by the asphalt perimeter that has to be maintained around our current field.”
Of NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision programs in the Midwest and Northeast portions of the United States (states of Nebraska and Kansas and east; states of Missouri, Kentucky and Virginia and north), 37 of those 47 stadiums (.787) feature some form of artificial turf. That number includes all 13 Mid-American Conference facilities and 10 of 14 Big Ten Conference fields (including Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin).