ZEPHYR — The Zephyr football football team will be back in its stadium this fall for football games, and playing on new turf.
    Workers with Austin-based Hellas Construction, joined by current and former Zephyr football players, began working Thursday to remove the old turf.
    Hellas will install new turf, with work scheduled to be completed by Aug. 4, Zephyr school superintendent Stanton Marwitz said. Two-a-Days start Aug. 7.
    Zephyr school board members awarded a $368,205 bid to Hellas earlier this month.
    “Everybody will be excited,” Marwitz said about the new turf. “It will be a good things for the kids, the schools, the community.”
    The district is involved in litigation related to the old turf, which was installed before the stadium opened in August 2009. Zephyr did not play any home games in the stadium but instead played in the old grass stadium.
    Attorneys for the school district earlier filed a lawsuit seeking more than $1 million from the Carter Construction Co. of Fort Worth, claiming deficiencies in the “construction, installation and improvement of the property,” court documents state.
    The turf’s materials “degraded prematurely and failed to perform” as promised, the lawsuit claims. The suit was initially filed in Brown County but was dismissed and refiled in Tarrant County, Marwitz said.
    Marwitz declined to comment directly on the lawsuit or give specifics as to why the current turf is an issue.