When the Bryan Vikings take the field this fall things will look a little different.
Over the summer AstroTurf was installed, replacing the stadium's natural grass that had been in place for 40 years.
"Bryan ISD had one of the most beautiful grass fields in the entire state of Texas but it required a huge amount of maintenance and a huge amount of water to keep it as green as they did," said Kevin Swank with Swank Sports.
Swank is finishing up the install of the new $1.1 million turf and he says that Bryan ISD will save around $22,000 a year in maintenance costs.
And this field will be much more durable.
"With a field like this, you can use it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and not have to water it and the maintenance is very, very simple," said Swank.
The new field at Merrill Green Stadium is made up of 25,000 recycled tires. Looking at it, you might not be able to tell but close up you can see the flakes of rubber that make up the majority of the field.
"There is about 300,000 pounds of rubber in this field and that rubber comes from several different rubber sources, the majority of it being used tires," said Swank.
The Vikings and Rangers will continue to share use of the stadium as each team takes a shot a state championship.
Rudder High School also got a 50-yard-long turf practice field for sports at their school as part of the project. The funds for the field came from leftover bond funds from 2008.
Bryan's first home game will be against Waco Midway on August 31st. The Rudder Rangers will open their home schedule against El Campo on September 7th.
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