Workmen are busy at Memorial Stadium replacing the Astro-Turf field with a new Astro-Play surface. The turquoise material that is showing in the endzones is the underlayment pad. Astro-Play, which was installed last year inside the new Irwin Indoor Practice Facility is a much softer surface than Astro-Turf, and plays more like grass.
Installation is a very labor-intensive effort. Every white marking on the field is actually inlaid white Astro-Play material--all lines, all hash marks and all numbers.
The new field in the stadium should be completed by mid-July. There are tentative plans in several years to peel back the new playing surface and lower the level of the playing field by perhaps five or six feet, thereby improving sight lines for fans, particularly those in the lowest rows of the main stands.