Friday, July 23, 2004
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The playing surface at Bryant-Denny Stadium will be replaced under an agreement with Southern Turf Nurseries of Elberta, Ala. Work is scheduled to begin on Saturday with completion slated for Friday, July 30.
"Southern Turf installed a new playing surface last year," said Scott Urbantke, the Tide's director of athletic grounds and outdoor facilities, "and we had a three-year warranty. The field has been evaluated by both Southern Turf and The University and the decision was made to exercise our warranty and have the turf replaced at no cost to The University."
The current turf will be removed and replaced with Tif419 Bermuda sod.
Southern Turf is currently building practice fields and the game field for the 2005 Super Bowl to be held in Jacksonville, Fla., and also has recently installed playing surfaces for the Atlanta Braves and the Florida Marlins/Miami Dolphins.
In related news, Bryant-Denny Stadium will sport new painted endzones for the 2004 season and the circle "A" logo will be added at midfield.
"The new graphics in the endzones and at midfield will add some color to the overall look of the playing surface," said Director of Athletics Mal Moore. "and will follow the consistent look we are showing throughout our facilities."