AUBURN, Ala.- This May, the process of removing the grass at Duck Samford Stadium will begin so synthetic turf can be added.
The project’s total price tag is $629,000, but the city will be covering $580,000 due to a bond being refinanced. Auburn City Schools will cover the remaining $49,000.
The school board looked at the possibility of turf for the past five years. The current grass at the stadium requires maintenance all year round. Auburn City Schools Public Relations Specialist, Daniel Chesser says they replaced the turf at the stadium from the 20-yard line to the 20-yard line in August. He added they would have to continue doing that had synthetic turf not been chosen.
Chesser added that this new addition will allow the school district to get the most out of the facility. “With the synthetic turf and the ability to use it daily, we can have our lacrosse clubs come out here and play,” Chesser said. “We can have all of those teams come out here and practice on a daily basis and not have to rely on city resources. Even though we have a great relationship with the City of Auburn, this will bring our teams back home to an in-house facility.”
He added that the field will have lines for football and soccer painted on it at all times.
Sports Turf Company will be doing the installation. They have installed the same turf at Auburn University’s practice facility, Atlanta Falcons Training Camp and other high schools across the state.
The turf is slated to be completed in August in time for football season.