Miami Dolphins’ new turf holds up just fine during UM-Notre Dame test

The Miami Hurricanes take the field to play Notre Dame at Hard Rock Stadium. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS — The turf war may finally be over.

Hard Rock Stadium’s season-long battle for a decent playing surface paid off Saturday night as the University of Miami mowed down Notre Dame 41-8 on what looked like pristine grass on national television.

The Hard Rock field had taken a beating from both players and the media all fall, causing the grounds crew to re-sod multiple times. Last week, analyst Phil Simms blasted the playing conditions on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.” It became a source of frustration for the Dolphins, who recently changed vendors in an effort to get higher-quality grass that was properly treated to quickly take root.

Those efforts paid off Saturday as the field bordered on a putting-green feel before the game and hardly a divot was kicked up once the Hurricanes kicked it into high gear.

The Dolphins will give the grass a stiff test Nov. 19 when Tampa Bay visits for a makeup game from the opening weekend when Hurricane Irma struck. The reason it will be a good test: UM plays Virginia at Hard Rock the day before.

At least by midnight Saturday night, the field looked just fine.

The Irish, not so much.

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