Texas AD Chris Del Conte pumps brakes on replacing field at DKR soon

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Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte said Thursday that there is not an official timeline to replace the field at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at this time.

Reports earlier in the day indicated that Del Conte could be planning to replace the artificial field turf at the stadium with natural grass as early as this summer. When fans began talking about that possibility on Twitter, Del Conte admitted he preferred grass but said that any talk about the timing of such a change is “conjecture.”

While Del Conte said there are not plans to replace the playing surface this offseason, his wording would seem to imply that it’s a change he intends to make. If there were no plans at all, there would be nothing to be “expedited.” His tweet also leaves open the possibility that Texas could move forward on replacing the playing surface soon.

Del Conte came to Texas from TCU, which has a natural grass field at Amon G. Carter Stadium and at Lupton Stadium, home of TCU baseball. Memorial Stadium has switched between natural grass and artificial turf multiple times over the years.

From Texas Athletics:

  • Memorial Stadium’s field was natural grass from 1925-68.
  • Artificial turf was first applied to the Memorial Stadium floor in summer 1969. The turf also was replaced in 1974, ’82 and ’89.
  • UT returned to natural grass (Prescription Athletic Turf/PAT) in 1996.
  • The field was lowered and the grass (PAT) was replaced in 1999.
  • The turf (PAT) was replaced with TifSport Certified Bermuda grass in 2002.
  • UT switched back to an artificial surface, installing FieldTurf, in 2009.
  • A new FieldTurf surface was installed in 2013.

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