LaBar Football Practice Fields (Football)
LaBar Football Practice Fields
Dedication Date: September 6, 2008
First Practice: August 8, 2008
Number of fields: 3 (2 artificial turf, 1 natural grass)
Cost: $2.5 million
Entering its fifth season of use, the LaBar Practice Complex (a gift of Rees and Carol LaBar) is home to the outdoor practice fields of the Fighting Irish. Located directly south of the Guglielmino Athletics Complex (and on the former site of Moose Krause Stadium and Cartier Field), the LaBar Practice Complex feature three football fields, lights, video towers, a maintenance building to provide storage, and it is secured with an eight-foot fence. The Irish lacrosse, baseball and soccer teams as well as RecSports also benefit from the practice fields.
Two of the three practice fields are FieldTurf fields, allowing the Irish to practice year-round without fear of damaging grass fields due to inclement weather. The last of the three practice fields is a natural grass field made to match the surface inside Notre Dame Stadium.
The LaBar Practice Complex was dedicated on September 6, 2008. The complex is adjacent to the Guglielmino Athletics Complex and comprise a $2.5 million project that is based on the benefaction of John R. "Rees" LaBar, a 1953 Notre Dame graduate, and his wife, Carol, who reside in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in Long Boat Key, Fla. The LaBars have a grandson David (Notre Dame '08) and granddaughter Lindsay (Notre Dame '10).
Rees and Carol LaBar together are two of the largest contributors in Notre Dame history to undergraduate scholarships for deserving students. More than 100 students from the Cincinnati area have attended Notre Dame as a result of their long-time financial support.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Oct. 20, 2007, the morning of the Notre Dame-USC football game, to signify the start of the project. The project was completed in time for the Aug. 8 start of Notre Dame's 2008 fall football camp.