Apparently, the coaching staff won't be the only new addition to the 2009 University of Washington football season.
On Friday, the Huskies athletic department announced a new FieldTurf playing surface will be installed in May, replacing the existing synthetic field that was laid down in the summer of 2000.
The cost – $350,000 – will come out of the department's operating budget.
"The existing field in Husky Stadium has certainly served our program well for the last nine years," UW athletic director Scott Woodward said. "But, the reality is that the surface has exceeded its projected lifespan and needs to be replaced."
Forty-two NCAA stadiums have FieldTurf as their football surface. For more information, the official UW press release has more details.