Will Indian Stadium Be Ready For Season Opener? - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Jonesboro, AR -- Brett Garrett Reports

Will Indian Stadium Be Ready For Season Opener?

July 12, 2006--Posted at 2:45 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO , AR -- For most lawns, Wednesday's rain was a welcome sign for dry grass across Region 8. But the rain is actually a hindrance to the grass for one of the biggest yards around.....Indian Stadium.

The Arkansas State Indian football team is looking to parlay last season's success with new state of the art facilities to attract some of the region's best recruits.

"In November, December, when you bring your recruits in, the grass is brown. But now it is going to be green year round," said Randy Knowles, ASU Assistant Athletic Director of Game Management and Facilities.

ASU is installing artificial turf on Indian Stadium, it's a plan that has been in the works for over a year and half but this week Mother Nature has slowed the process.

"We ran into some difficulties, but we are getting through it. We had some drainage problems," said Knowles.

The school is in the process of installing a new drainage system. However, every time it rains construction halts and with the first game of the season less than two months away, many Indian fans are wondering if the field will be ready.

"Once they start laying the turf it is anywhere from 20 to 25 days. So hopefully by next week, weather permitting, they can lay the turf. We could possibly have it by the end of the month," said Knowles.

Army rolls into Indian Stadium September second to face off against the Sun Belt Champions in the season opener and they are expecting every seat will be filled. The school has discussed contingency plans, but they have been assured by Pro Green that the field will be good to go.

"The game will be played at Indian Stadium. We'll have turf without a doubt, they promised us," said Knowles, "It's private funded. It's not costing ASU. It's funded by Indian Club private donations. It's about $600, 000."

As the clock on the opening kickoff ticks down ASU is hoping that touchdowns, not rain are in the forecast for Indian Stadium.

Pro Green, the company installing the turf said that drainage problems like the one in Indian Stadium aren't uncommon. The University of Louisville's stadium had the same problem when their field turf was installed a couple of years ago.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • The Latest: Officials: Mexico, Guatemala natives on truck

    The Latest: Officials: Mexico, Guatemala natives on truck

    Sunday, July 23 2017 6:51 AM EDT2017-07-23 10:51:24 GMT
    Monday, July 24 2017 12:33 AM EDT2017-07-24 04:33:17 GMT
    The temperature in San Antonio had been in the 90s just before eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer outside a Walmart store.
    The temperature in San Antonio had been in the 90s just before eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer outside a Walmart store.
  • Fire destroys home in downtown Jonesboro

    Fire destroys home in downtown Jonesboro

    Saturday, July 22 2017 9:17 PM EDT2017-07-23 01:17:09 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 5:56 PM EDT2017-07-23 21:56:36 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Assistant Fire Chief Alan Dunn said Sunday that the home was a complete loss and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.  

    Assistant Fire Chief Alan Dunn said Sunday that the home was a complete loss and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.  

  • Firefighters return to station damaged in flood

    Firefighters return to station damaged in flood

    Sunday, July 23 2017 5:22 PM EDT2017-07-23 21:22:00 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 5:37 PM EDT2017-07-23 21:37:03 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    On Sunday, several Pocahontas firefighters moved back into their home station.

    On Sunday, several Pocahontas firefighters moved back into their home station.

Powered by Frankly