Shiny New Turf 

There are some changes in store for the famous Boise State blue turf.

Don't worry, it's still going to be blue—it's just going be newer.

The university received approval last week from the Idaho State Board of Education to replace the Smurf Turf at a cost of $750,000. It will be the first time in six years the turf will be updated, and the underlying rubber pad and asphalt will be repaired at the same time.

Frank Zang, spokesman for Boise State, said work on the turf will be completed next summer, in time for the 2008-2009 season.

The university will also begin the planning and design phase of a project that will add an aquatics center to the Student Recreation Center.

The Board of Education approved $800,000 for the planning portion of the project, which will cost an additional $7.5 to $8.5 million to build.

The aquatics center was part of the original plan for the Student Recreation Center in 1996, but budget constraints put that portion of the project on hold. Once completed, the 17,000-square-foot center will feature a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool and a 3,200-square-foot recreation pool in addition to locker rooms and saunas.

If the project goes as planned, it should open to students in the spring of 2010.

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