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Kansas' Memorial Stadium is officially losing its track.
KU Athletics announced Friday afternoon that work will begin Tuesday on the removal of the track that surrounds the football field. Workers will replace the track with new artificial turf and also will extend the turf in the north end zone by 25 feet.
Ten feet of asphalt will connect to the turf on the north, east and west sides of the stadium, while the south end zone will remain unchanged other than a decorative fence replacing the current 10-foot chain-link fence. Construction is expected to take approximately six weeks.
"Rarely in facilities work do we get to do something that directly benefits players and fans at the same time," KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said. "We'll have a larger safety zone for players and more usable practice space for the team. Fans will immediately appreciate the improved optics that these changes will provide."
Zenger said an anonymous donor provided the funds for the track's immediate removal.
Memorial Stadium is the seventh-oldest stadium in the country, with the Jayhawks officially moving there in 1921.
June 21, 2014