AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas plans to rip up the real grass that's been on its football field for more than a decade and replace it with an artificial surface.
Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds today told the school's
men's athletics council that the field would be replaced as part of
a $27 million construction project in the south end zone of
Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
It wasn't clear if the new surface would be installed in time
for the 2009 season.
Dodds said the Bermuda grass was difficult to maintain and a
synthetic surface could better withstand more use.
The natural grass field caused several problems in the final
regular season game with Texas A&M when players from both teams had
trouble with their footing. The grass field was installed in 1996.
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