The Notre Dame football program officially unveiled new alternate uniforms on Monday morning that will be worn during their Shamrock Series game against Wisconsin at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Sept. 25.
As we mentioned last month, the uniforms are actually inspired by the Green Bay Packers despite the game taking place in Chicago. That’s because they were supposed to be worn during last year’s scheduled matchup at Lambeau Field, but that game was cancelled due to the pandemic.
The uniforms were pushed back one season as a result, thus the Badgers will be wearing all-white as the designated home team next month. The Fighting Irish, meanwhile, were set to be the home team last fall, hence the navy blue jerseys for this year’s game.
As for an in-depth look at Notre Dame’s jerseys, they feature white numbers in a block font with a gold, blue and white striping pattern on the sleeves that mimic the Packers’ sleeve stripes. The Fighting Irish’s “ND” monogram has been placed on top of the stripes, while the phrase “Graduating Champions” can be seen on the back collar.
Given the change in venue, Notre Dame has come up with some alternate explanations for the uniform’s design. The Fighting Irish claim that the two gold stripes on the sleeves represent the rivers and waterways that inspired Chicago’s city flag.
They’ve also swapped the helmet, which was supposed to be matte blue with a chrome gold facemask and a chrome gold shamrock on both sides, for their standard lid and added elements from the aforementioned flag to the back helmet bumper.
The gold pants, on the other hand, remain as planned with a navy blue and white Braisher stripe down the sides and the same logo that’s on the sleeves on the hip.
Kickoff for Notre Dame’s Shamrock Series game against Wisconsin is set for noon on FOX.
Photos courtesy of the Notre Dame Athletic Department.