Arkansas will get new field courtesy of Garth Brooks

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Remember all those signs in your high-school gymnasium that read “NO STREET SHOES!” near the floor? Think of that.

Country superstar Garth Brooks will play to a packed crowd April 23 inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Fans will be in the stands and on the field at the football home of the Hogs. University brass decided afterward was as good a time as any to replace the grass.

“This (field) will likely be damaged beyond repair to bring it back to life,” athletic director Hunter Yurachek said. “They will come in Saturday and they will put that plastic square flooring across the field and that will knock it out.”

Arkansas last replaced the turf in 2019 when DWRRS switched from turf to grass. The likely plan is to replace the field in June. The process in 2022 is likely to more simplified than it was three years ago. The grass base is already in place.

Most of Arkansas’ practices during spring camp have been in the stadium, an unusual change from years past. The idea was to save the field on the usual practice field south of the Jones Center, Arkansas football’s main building.

“I think Garth Brooks and them are going to tear it up pretty good anyways, so we figured we’d get as many good practices in there as we can,” Arkansas coach sam pittman said.