ZEPHYR — The football stadium in Zephyr will have a new artificial turf surface when football season starts this fall.

Zephyr school board members recently agreed to have the new turf installed, which will likely cost around $400,000, school Superintendent Stanton Marwitz said. The district will likely seek bids in May, he said, and will work with a consultant to determine the type of turf to have installed.

The district is involved in litigation related to the current 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 “have 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.