When the Razorback football team takes the field at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium for the 2019 season opener, it will be ‘Running through the A’ on a natural grass playing surface for the first time in a decade. Arkansas will open the 2019 season on the new surface on August 31 when the Razorbacks host Portland State in Fayetteville.
With spring practice in the books, the process of removing the current stadium field turf will begin followed by below the surface work to prepare for the new natural grass playing surface. The new grass, dubbed Tahoma 31, is currently being grown at Winstead Farms and should be ready for installation at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in late July.
The return to grass is the fourth surface change since the original 1938 playing surface. Arkansas last played on natural grass in the 2009 season.
Below is an estimated timeline of the project milestones over the summer
Tahoma 31 derives its name from the Native American word, Tahoma, which means frozen water. In test after test, Tahoma 31 shows its exceptional winter hardiness, tested up to 75% more cold tolerant than other bermuda grass varieties. With the additional characteristics of both improved wear tolerance and drought resistance, Tahoma 31 is ideal for sports turf, golf courses and high-quality lawns in the Mid-Atlantic & Transition Zone.
Matrix is a ready to play sports turf replacement system that enables instant use straight after install – perfectly suited for high demand stadium/elite field applications. Matrix turf rolls feature an interwoven mesh support layer that provides strength and stability to the sod without compromise to drainage.
The return to grass is the fourth surface change since the original 1938 playing surface.
1969-1994: Artificial Turf
2010-2018: Artificial Turf
2019: Back to Grass