From North Carolina's Jumpman-themed digs to Texas's impressive player stalls, 2017 has seen some impressive locker room renovations, and now we can add Notre Dame's football locker room to the list.
The Irish, who are also sporting a new video board in Notre Dame Stadium, have revamped their locker room just in time for the 2017 season:
FIRST LOOK— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 10, 2017
The past meets the present in our new game day home.
Take a look at our new Locker Room inside The Stadium.#NDBiggerThanBrick pic.twitter.com/EvbIvSZCU8
Notre Dame, a program steeped in tradition, added plenty of modern touches - metal fixtures, television screens, and new brickwork - while maintaining the locker room's classic look. It's a nice blend of the present and the future without forgoing the Irish's legacy.
The ultimate Irish feature, for example, remained as-is:
“We were not going to change the walk down the stairs or the encounter with the ‘Play Like A Champion Today’ sign,” senior deputy athletics director Missy Conboy explained. “Not a chance.”
But the program also added some nice touches, including a tip of the hat to its greats:
New to the Stadium Tunnel— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) August 10, 2017
Plaques of ND's Heisman Trophy winners!
A. Bertelli pic.twitter.com/pZEWVg2Mfe
"And don't forget, men. Today is the day we're gonna win!"@NDFootball coach Knute Rockne's famous speech is now in the stadium tunnel. pic.twitter.com/J25MzUDFQI— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) August 10, 2017
As you might've guessed, the Irish players were big fans of the re-design:
"When I'm making crazy plays they'll be able to replay it on these screens!"— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) August 12, 2017
Watch @NDFootball's reaction to their new locker room. pic.twitter.com/LEGXQW1wMB
It seems like the correct response.
Notre Dame opens its season on Saturday, September 2 at 3:30 p.m. ET with a home game against Temple.