Texas A&M to sell grass field

Updated: October 11, 2013, 2:27 PM ET
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Texas A&M will be getting rid of the natural-grass surface at Kyle Field after the season, but leave it to the Aggies to find a way to keep it green while doing so.

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Scott Halleran/Getty ImagesFor $400 per pallet, you can own about 450 square feet of the same playing surface used by Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies this season.

Starting Monday, fans can shell out $400 at AggieAthletics.com to buy a pallet -- complete with a certificate of authenticity -- pulled from the playing surface after the final home game on Nov. 9. That equals approximately 450 square feet of sod that has been trampled upon by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and the rest of the Aggies this season.

The school said a limited number of single grass squares will be offered for $20 each.

The certificate of authenticity will be signed by longtime fields manager Leo Goertz, and all buyers will also get a "care guide" with tips for taking care of their tifway-bermuda prize -- overseeded with rye grass, of course -- from Goertz.

The Aggies will install a new natural grass surface, which is being grown off-site, in time for the start of the 2014 season. The rest of the Kyle Field redevelopment project, which will boost capacity to 102,500, will be complete by the start of the 2015 season.

Finding ways to create revenue is nothing new for the Aggies, who raised more than $740 million in donations -- a school record -- between Sept. 1, 2010, and Aug. 31, 2013.

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