Cartier Field

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Cartier Field was a stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana. It hosted the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team from 1900 to 1928, and held nearly 30,000 people at its peak. The stands were torn down after the 1928 season to make room for Notre Dame Stadium, which opened in 1930. Notre Dame played its entire 1929 schedule away from campus ("home" games were at Chicago's Soldier Field), but nevertheless went 9-0 and won the National Championship. At Coach Knute Rockne's insistence, Cartier Field's grass was transplanted into Notre Dame Stadium.[1]

For more than 30 years after the football team moved out, Cartier Field remained the home of Notre Dame's baseball and track and field teams. In 1962, the original Cartier Field was replaced by a quadrangle adjoining the Memorial Library, which opened in 1963, and a new facility named Cartier Field was opened east of Notre Dame Stadium.[2] Since 2008, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team has held outdoor practices at the LaBar Football Practice Fields,[3] and indoor practices at Meyo Field in the Loftus Center.[4]

It was named after Warren A. Cartier, an 1887 civil engineering graduate and former member of the football team who purchased 10 acres (40,000 m2) and donated it to the University for establishment of the Field. He also paid for furnishing the lumber required to enclose the Field with fencing and furnished the lumber required for a grandstand.[5]


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Coordinates: 41°41′55″N 86°13′45″W / 41.6985°N 86.2292°W / 41.6985; -86.2292