VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Workers have started installing a new AstroTurf field at the DakotaDome on the University of South Dakota campus.
The new surface replaces the artificial turf that has been on the Dome's football field for years.
Senior Associate Athletic Director David Herbster says the university looked at numerous options but was sold on AstroTurf PureGrass when he visited the indoor practice facility at the University of Kansas.
The system at the DakotaDome is designed to be a portable system, resting on an 8 millimeter pad.
North Dakota's FargoDome and the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. are also getting new AstroTurf fields.
The DakotaDome project will be complete in time for the Coyotes to take the field for their home opener against Colgate on Sept. 8.
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