Michigan football unveiled its new field Monday at the Big House, including the premiere of vibrant blue end zones.
The new end zones were part of a complete field replacement at Michigan Stadium ahead of the 2018 football season, which kicks off 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The Wolverines open their home schedule Saturday, Sept. 8, against Western Michigan. Kickoff is noon.
"MICHIGAN" is spelled out in maize block letters with a blue backdrop on the new surface, which replaces FieldTurf installed in 2003. The previous end zone backgrounds were green.
Michigan Stadium was built in 1927 and had a natural grass surface until 1968. The stadium switched to artificial turf in 1969. A change to natural grass in 1993 proved to be difficult to maintain, which prompted the installation of FieldTurf in 2003.