"We want to be able to get out there with our team. We want some safety issues to be not part of the equation," he said.
He said in his four years at Notre Dame the field conditions haven't been good.
"This is the best option available to us," he said.
The university announced during its spring Blue-Gold game Saturday that installation of FieldTurf will begin after the commencement ceremony on May 18 and should be completed by Aug. 15.
The Irish open the season Aug. 30 at home against Rice.