In 1970, Brown & Root had AstroTurf installed in Rice Stadium. For more specifics about the installation process, please check out Melissa Kean’s detailed post.
Throughout the following years, Rice stuck with the brand until 2006 when they switched to TechnoTurf. In 2014, the university switched back to AstroTurf. The company has a neat time-lapse video of the installation on their website.
A few years ago we received a donation of the stadium’s artificial grass. If anyone is an expert at dating these, we would love to know.