Instead of playing the season opener at home against Coleman, the Brady Bulldogs will kick off the 2003 football season as the home team at the newly-refurbished football stadium in San Angelo. The stadium, home to the Angelo State University Rams as well as San Angelo Central High School and Lakeview, is currently installing a new Safe-Play artificial turf. The revolutionary new style of turf is actually shredded rubber and is custom designed to each venue’s specifications. With the idea to promote the new turf, Rudy Izzard, president of the San Angelo Sports Foundation, has arranged to host the season opening football game between Brady and Coleman on the brand new field. ‘This is something they are trying to do to get the word out about their new turf in their stadium,’ said Brady Athletic Director Todd Bandy. ‘They approached both myself and coach Fowlkes from Coleman last week to see if we would be interested. We both saw it as a great opportunity for everyone involved.’ ‘This is the same type of turf that Shotwell Stadium in Abilene has as well as several Waco schools and other larger schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex,’ said Bandy. The turf reportedly has the benefits of both grass and artificial turf without several of the negative aspects associated with each. ‘As far as things go and unless something happens there at the stadium, we will be opening the season in San Angelo,’ said Bandy. Game time is still set for 7:30 p.m. and the gates will be treated just like a home game.