Nat­u­ral grass re­turns to DWRRS

The Saline Courier Weekend - - SPORTS -

FAYET­TEVILLE – Nat­u­ral grass makes its re­turn to Don­ald W. Reynolds Ra­zor­back Stadium be­gin­ning on Mon­day, Aug. 5.

Through a col­lab­o­ra­tion with J.B. Hunt Trans­port Ser­vices, Inc., the new grass fea­tur­ing Ta­homa 31 will be trans­ported from Win­stead Turf Farms in Ar­ling­ton, Tennessee, to be­gin in­stal­la­tion in the early morn­ing hours of Aug. 5. The in­stal­la­tion of the new play­ing sur­face takes Ra­zor­back Stadium to nat­u­ral grass for the first time since 2009 and to its orig­i­nal play­ing sur­face be­gin­ning in 1938.

“As we pre­pare for the start of the 2019 foot­ball sea­son, the Home of the

Ra­zor­backs will soon see the cul­mi­na­tion of a trans­for­ma­tion of Frank Broyles Field,” Vice Chan­cel­lor and Di­rec­tor of Ath­let­ics Hunter Yu­rachek said. “I know that Coach Chad Mor­ris and our foot­ball team will en­joy com­pet­ing on our new nat­u­ral grass sur­face. We are grate­ful to our friends at J.B. Hunt for their as­sis­tance in trans­port­ing our new field to cam­pus. We couldn’t have com­pleted this process with­out their ex­per­tise.”

“We are ex­cited to work with the Univer­sity of Arkansas on a project that will change the sur­face of foot­ball at Don­ald W. Reynolds Ra­zor­back Stadium,” said John Roberts, pres­i­dent and CEO of J.B. Hunt. “We look for­ward to a suc­cess­ful de­liv­ery and a great Ra­zor­back foot­ball sea­son.”

The Ta­homa 31 de­rives its name from the Na­tive Amer­i­can word, Ta­homa, which means frozen wa­ter. In test after test, Ta­homa 31 shows its ex­cep­tional win­ter har­di­ness, tested up to 75 percent more cold tol­er­ant than other ber­muda grass va­ri­eties.

With the ad­di­tional char­ac­ter­is­tics of both im­proved wear tol­er­ance and drought re­sis­tance, Ta­homa 31 is ideal for sports turf, golf cour­ses and high-qual­ity lawns in the Mid-at­lantic & Tran­si­tion Zone. The ap­prox­i­mately 1800-pound rolls of Ma­trix turf rolls fea­ture an in­ter­wo­ven mesh sup­port layer that pro­vides strength and stability to the sod with­out com­pro­mise to drainage.

The Ra­zor­backs are set to kick off the 2019 sea­son on the new nat­u­ral grass sur­face on Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. against Port­land State on SEC Net­work.

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