BATON ROUGE -- The field of Tiger Stadium will be reconditioned and resurfaced prior the 2006 football season and a new synthetic turf will be installed in the Indoor Football Facility, the athletics department has announced.
"These two steps are important for the continued success of our football program," said LSU athletics director Skip Bertman. "This will give Tiger Stadium a first rate surface for the 2006 season, and it will provide a modern and safe practice field for the Tigers in our indoor facility."
The two projects, at a combined cost of approximately $900,000, will be funded by the Tiger Athletic Foundation.
"My thanks to the Tiger Athletic Foundation for once again stepping forward to provide LSU the tools it needs for our coaches and student-athletes to be successful," Bertman said.
After the conclusion of the spring football season, 10,000 square yards of sod in Tiger Stadium will be removed to a depth of 3.5 inches, at which time the field drainage system will be cleaned and additional irrigation will be installed.
Twenty-five hundred cubic yards of profile mix and soil amendments will be added, then rotor tilled and laser leveled before allowed to settle for approximately three weeks. In June, a mature sand base fiber reinforced sod, currently being grown off-site, will be installed.
The surface in the Indoor Football Facility will be replaced in May with a sand and rubber infilled synthetic surface designed to simulate a perfect natural grass surface. This type of surface is currently installed at a number of college and professional stadiums such as the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.