Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Cowboys Stadium turf gets face-lift
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- If the Cowboys wanted to get out of the heat for their three-day minicamp that starts Tuesday, they would not be able to use Cowboys Stadium.
The team is replacing the field at the stadium because of wear and tear since the $1.2 billion stadium opened in 2009. With the number of events at Cowboys Stadium and the times the field has been rolled up and stored, it was beginning to fray in areas.
While the artificial turf that is used and how it is stored will continue to be handled the same way, how it is being assembled will change in hopes for a longer shelf life. The old field was put together with a series of patches required for all the markings on the field. With the new field, a hole will be trimmed to the base of the field and the section will be glued, mostly eliminating the seams.
The Cowboys will look to replace their college and high school field in the future but nothing has been finalized.
The team has talked about using the old turf to create a third field at the Valley Ranch practice facility but is somewhat hesitant about that because of the uncertain future there. The Cowboys have had discussions about moving their training complex to Frisco, Arlington or a different venue in Irving.