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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.

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"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.

 

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