An early postcard view of Cartier Field

The silent bleachers hail thee still,
         Thou unsung questers of the sun,
Who found red gold of victory
A vainly pewter thing when won;
Young Phaethons charging up the sky,
Hoped to set the world aflame;
Grim Champions of those phantom teams
Have succored thee, O Notre Dame.

 

The following except is from a 1900 edition of The Notre Dame Scholastic:

The accompanying cut of Cartier Field illustrates the manner in which the grounds were laid out. It is proper to record here that the quarter mile running track has two sides, each 375 feet in length and 178.44 feet apart. They are connected at each end by semicircles having a radius of 89.22 feet. These measurements give the position of a wooden curb which marks the inside of the track. The quarter mile running line, being measured 18 inches from the curb, is found by using a radius equal to 90.72 feet.

The grand stand, which has a seating capacity of nearly five hundred, is situated tabout 26 feet behind a low back stop. The latter is 42 feet in length, and being only 6.2 feet in height, does not obstruct the view of the grand stand. There are eleven boxes in the grand stand and six large roorns underneath. Convenince is therefore afforded athletes receiving the attention of their trainers during contests.

The plans for the field were made by one who was formaly a member of Notre Dame's athletic teams.   The distribution of materials for the building of the track was left to Mr. E. W. Moulton, of Vanderbilt University.

Owing to the fact that the 220 yard straight- away was built, the oval was 'banked more steeply than others.  For this reason the oval is as fine a combination of running and bicycle track as can be found anywhere. Both tracks are 20 feet wide and are bordered by sod. Before the track was built the best athletic authorities in the country were consulted, and Notre Dame has now an athletic field equal if not superior to any college athletic field.

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