Artificial turf could replace grass at Aggie Memorial Stadium

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Friday, March 21, 2014 - 2:25pm

Aggie Memorial Stadium could be getting artificial turf for the upcoming football season after the NMSU Board of Regents approved request for the turf on Friday.

Regents unanimously approved a $1.3 million request to install synthetic turf and a new drainage system for the field.

"It seems that the president, the board and coach are all for it and many people in the community are for it," said Glen Haubold with NMSU Facilities and Services.

The school said the Bermuda grass quickly gets torn up and only allows for about 600 hours of usage a year.

The turf would give the school about 2300 hours of usage allowing other groups and organizations to use the field.

Head Football Coach Doug Martin said the field will help prevent injuries and also help with recruits who are now playing on turf in high school.

The project is possible due to a million dollar donation from Stan Fulton.

Work could begin as soon as April after approval by two state agencies l and the project should be done by Fall.

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