New field turf at Lowrey could help prevent concussions

It's new, it's exciting, and it's everywhere in the state of Texas these days: field turf. From Dick Bivens Stadium in Amarillo to Ratliff Stadium and Grande Communications in Odessa and Midland, every athletic department in West Texas is upgrading their facilities.

For Lubbock Independent School District it's no different. The school district is installing new field turf at all four high school campuses, and coaches know it will make a difference in their practices.

"From a practice standpoint and a day-to-day stanpoint, to be able to get on it and work in a way you need to really work it can't be beat," said new Coronado head football coach Kent Jackson.

Not only will new playing sufaces be added to the four high school practice fields, LISD is also installing new field turf for Lowrey Field.

"That's going to attract a lot of different events as far as track and field, as far as playoff games, as far as soccer and football is concerned," said Estacado head football coach Danny Servance. "Those things will help pour money into the community, help pay for hotels and restarants, and help pay for the upgrade in the facility in itself."

LISD is also putting a half-inch rubber pad underneath the synthetic surface to help soften the blows of impact injuries--including concussions.

"Our goal is to make Lowrey the best place to play in West Texas," said LISD Athletics Director Mark Ball. "We want it to be the best in the west."