One month away from the first football game of the 2014 season, the FieldTurf installation is now complete at Notre Dame Stadium, minus a few details.
Constructions workers are packing up their gear and trucks as Notre Dame transitions from natural grass to a synthetic surface for the first time in the history of the iconic stadium.
An interlocking ND logo sits at midfield with small shamrocks at the 35 yard lines for kickoff placements. There are 18 lines between the two end zones at 42 degrees facing the Golden Dome.
The numbers 18 and 42 are not random -- they represent the first year of the university back in 1842.
Notre Dame begins practice for the upcoming season Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Culver Academies. The Irish will practice off site for the first five days of camp. They return for their first practice on campus on Saturday, August 9th.
The season opener on the brand new FieldTurf is August 30th at 3:30 p.m. against Rice. Countdown to Kickoff gets you started at 2:00 p.m. on WNDU-TV.