News from Texas A&M...
Texas A&M will be getting rid of the natural grass surface at Kyle Field after the season, but leave it to the Aggies to find a way to keep it green while doing so.
Starting Monday, fans can shell out $400 at AggieAthletics.com to buy a pallet -- complete with a certificate of authenticity -- pulled from the playing surface after the final home game on Nov. 9. That equals approximately 450 square feet of sod that has been trampled upon by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and the rest of the Aggies this season.
The school said a limited number of single grass squares will be offered for $20 each.
The certificate of authenticity will be signed by longtime fields manager Leo Goertz, and each buyer will also get a "care guide" with tips for taking care of their tifway-bermuda prize - over-seeded with rye grass, of course -- from Goertz.
The Aggies will install a new natural grass surface, which is being grown off-site, in time for the start of the 2014 season. The rest of the Kyle Field redevelopment project, which will boost capacity to 102,500, will be complete by the start of the 2015 season.
Finding ways to create revenue is nothing new for the Aggies, who raised more than $740 million in donations - a school record -- between Sept. 1,2010 and Aug. 31, 2013.
COMMENTS from CAPSTER:
I was in the Stadium on two occasions when we put in new sod and took out the old grass. I was surprised to see that the old grass is taken out in big rolls, quite similar to the way the new sod is put down. It occurred tome that ND could make a lot of money selling this grass to our fans. What
ND fan wouldn't want to say that their backyard came from Notre Dame Stadium!
For those who recall my preventing the Florida State Football Player from removing a hunk of grass...now you know that I was protecting a potential fund raising asset!