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New Turf For Midland Memorial Stadium and Midland Lee's Rebel Field

Midland, TX (Local Big 2 News) - "At one time, turf was a luxury, now it's a necessity, especially here in West Texas," said Todd Howey, director of athletics for MISD.
Midland, TX (Local Big 2 News) - "At one time, turf was a luxury, now it's a necessity, especially here in West Texas," said Todd Howey, director of athletics for MISD.

According to Todd Howey from Midland Independent School District, Midland Memorial Stadium and Midland Lee's Rebel field, will be getting new turf.

It has a total cost of 1.7 million dollars, but Howey says it'll save the district money over time, especially during a drought.

"We pour about seven-million gallons of water a year on a football field. Just one field. And even doing that, the fields, we still can't get grass to grow here in West Texas," Howey said.

Midland High Coach Craig Yenzer says turf will generally last between 10 to 15 years, but when it's left open 24/7 to the public..

"It's gonna wear, and it has worn in the last seven years a lot faster than normal," said Craig Yenzer, Midland High Football Coach.

Yenzer says it's affected his football players.

"We were having to get off the turf and supplement grass practices with turf practices because our turf had become so unsafe."

While the addition of a one-inch concussion pad will help with football players on the field, it's going to be meant for more than just that.

"Really it's not just a field for football players, it's a field for athletics and all of our extra curricular activities," Howey said.

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