By now I’m sure you have all seen them. Maybe not in person; but at the very least you have stumbled across a picture of one on the Internet. If you haven’t seen one yet, consider yourself lucky. The image can haunt you for a very long time.
No I’m not talking about one of the Kardashians in public sans makeup; I’m talking about those college and high school fields that use artificial turf. Not just any turf – colored turf. In some cases, even multi-colored turf.
Call me old fashioned, but I am of the firm belief that all sports, except hockey and basketball, should be played on natural grass. If that’s what the game was played on when it was invented then that’s how it should stay. However, if you can’t play on grass, play on something that at least looks like grass.
Here is a sample of some colleges and high schools that have taken their turf to a new, more colorful level:
The Mountain West Conference’s Boise State introduced the sports world to their “smurf turf” back in 1986, when it was first installed in Bronco Stadium. Basically, it was a public relations ploy to get the newly appointed D1 school some national press. Since then, the Broncos have turned into a very good football program leading other schools to follow in Boise State’s footsteps.
The University of New Haven has also used a blue colored turf inside Ralph F. DellaCamera Jr. Stadium. There are also a number of high schools that currently use blue turf. The Lovington High School Wildcats from Lovington, NM and the Hildago High School Pirates from Hildago, TX use blue on their home fields. Taking it one step further is the West Hills High School Wolf Pack from Santee, CA. West Hills plays on a two-toned light and dark blue field.
The Big Sky’s Eastern Washington Eagles put in bright red turf with black end zones at Roos Field. The Eagles have gone 16-2 at home since the field named “The Inferno” was installed. Yeah, you could say the team is hot.
Proving that red isn’t just a color for college anymore, the Canyon High School Cougars from New Braunfels, TX recently installed red turf for their combination football/soccer field.
The University of Central Arkansas Bears play in the Southland Conference and also play on one of two multi-colored turf fields in college football. The turf at Estes Stadium features alternating grey and purple stripes.
Not to be outdone by UCA, the Lindenwood University – Belleville Lynx have what Yahoo Sports dubbed the “nations most original (hideous) football field”. Located in Belleville, IL , Lindenwood Stadium has a turf composed of red and grey stripes. So if you have ever wondered what playing football on a dirty old barber pole would look like, head on over to Belleville and take in a Lynx game.
For those of you wondering if the NFL will ever be so bold as to allow teams to use colored turf, you don’t need to worry. Back in 2011, the NFL instituted a rule that all fields must be green.
Those in the League refer to it as the “Boise State Rule”.