Henrietta school officials are preparing to make the switch from natural grass on the district's athletic fields to artificial turf.
Athletic officials say Bearcat Stadium and all other fields in the school district are grass.
However, officials say Stage 4 restrictions prevent crews from watering and fertilizing the fields which increases the chance of students being injured during a game or practice.
The school board has received a $3-million dollar low interest loan from a federally funded state program to upgrade the high school football, baseball and softball fields to artificial turf.
Byron West, Henrietta ISD's athletic director and head coach, says the field will be a major plus for the district.

"The aesthetics, it makes it look a lot nicer.   It's always ready.  It's always playable but the availability to our community and the people who can get on it, from little kids all the way through high school kids, is gonna be a great advantage," says West.

Coach West says turf should be installed by next football season.

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