Memorial Stadium will have new turf for '13 season

2013-06-14T16:00:00Z 2013-06-14T16:16:16Z Memorial Stadium will have new turf for '13 seasonBy BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star

The best-known property in Lincoln is about to get new carpet.

Memorial Stadium’s FieldTurf will be replaced before the upcoming season, an athletic department spokesman confirmed.

The replacement project is set to begin Monday with the removal of the old turf, which served its cause for eight years, installed in the summer of 2005.

The installation of the new surface, which will have the same design as the old one, will be completed before the beginning of fall camp.

Cost of the project is set at $379,120.90 and will be paid for out of the athletic department’s 2014 Capital Projects budget.

Nebraska also utilizes two FieldTurf practice surfaces — one inside the Hawks Championship Center and another just outside of it.

This will be Nebraska’s third round with FieldTurf inside the stadium, after becoming the first college to use the synthetic grass-like surface in 1999.

It since has become widely used by other universities, high schools and some NFL teams.

When the original surface at Memorial Stadium was first replaced in 2005, it represented the FieldTurf company's 4,000th installation job.

Reach Brian Christopherson at or 402-473-7439. You can follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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