Texas Turf

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Squares of sod from Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin are headed to driveways, backyards and offices.

The University of Texas is making room for artificial turf where the Longhorns play their home football games.

UT says it sold more than 400 pieces of the sod yesterday at the end of the annual spring scrimmage. Pallets of 12-inch by 12-inch pieces of the field were hauled out and sold for $20 a square.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the field, which was installed in 1996, was carved up using a sod cutter.

Buyers were handed their little pieces of the field packaged in a brown paper lawn bag -- with a packet of Miracle-Gro thrown in for good measure.

Texas also had artificial turf from 1969 to 1996.

It will be using FieldTurf.

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