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University of Iowa Wants Artificial Turf

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The university will ask the state Board of Regents for permission to replace Kinnick Stadium's 20-year-old drainage system.

Iowa City Press-Citizen/AP | February 2, 2009

Kinnick Stadium may get a new playing field.

The University of Iowa will ask the state Board of Regents next week for the OK to replace the natural grass with artificial turf at the home of the Hawkeyes' football team.

Information about the $2 million drainage improvement and turf project is included in the regents' agenda for Tuesday in Ankeny.

Athletic Director Gary Barta says the stadium's 20-year-old drainage system needs to be replaced -- it doesn't drain because the tiles are plugged.

Barta says the turf is a new technology gaining popularity in the NFL and at the college level, and the Hawkeyes won't notice a difference.

Athletic department gifts and earnings would cover the cost.

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