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Michigan Stadium: The next step


John Bacon of Ann Arbor runs the steps of Michigan Stadium while workers from FieldTurf install the facility's new playing surface. The Athletic Department made the decision to return to an artificial surface for the first time since 1990 because of poor field conditions in recent years. FieldTurf began installation of the new playing surface shortly after Commencement ceremonies, and the company expects to finish work by July 4. U-M practices on the surface, which resembles real grass, in its indoor practice facility—Oosterbaan Fieldhouse—and played on a similar field during the 2001 season at the University of Washington. Bacon, a U-M alumnus, is a freelance writer and ice hockey coach at Ann Arbor's Huron High School. He has a historical connection to U-M athletics as author of "Blue Ice: The Story of Michigan Hockey." (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

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