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Traditional Field Colors

This is a list of college football venues with non-traditional field colors. Traditionally, college football is played on grass fields. As technology advanced, the use of various kinds of artificial turf as a playing surface became more and more popular. With the artificial turf came the ability to have field colors other than green. Although many programs that choose an artificial surface for games do keep a green surface, a few have chosen other colors.

It is common for the end zones to be painted a different color, but as of the 2014 season only six programs have their field color other than the traditional green.[1] Five of the programs participate in the NCAA and one in the NAIA.[2]

Stadium Team Location Division Conference Field color Year installed Notes
Albertsons Stadium Boise State Broncos Boise, Idaho NCAA Division I FBS Mountain West Conference Blue 1986 Nicknamed "The Blue" and "Smurf Turf". The first college stadium field to be any color other than traditional green, as well as the only college to have a non-green field for 22 years (1986–2008). In 2011, the Mountain West Conference banned Boise from wearing their all-blue uniforms during home conference games, after complaints from other Mountain West coaches that it was an unfair advantage.[3] The uniform restrictions were removed from 2013 forward as part of the deal that kept Boise State in that conference after it had initially planned to leave.[4] Boise State holds a trademark on any non-green field, not just blue.[5] It has licensed the right to use blue fields to several high schools as well as the University of New Haven,[6] and also issues free licenses to any school or team that uses a color other than blue or orange, Boise State's school colors.[5]
Estes Stadium Central Arkansas Bears Conway, Arkansas NCAA Division I FCS Southland Conference Purple and gray alternating every five yards 2011[7]
Lindenwood Stadium Lindenwood Lynx Belleville, Illinois NAIA Independent Red and gray alternating every five yards 2012 Has been called "the nation's most original (hideous) football field".[8]
Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium New Haven Chargers West Haven, Connecticut NCAA Division II Northeast 10 Blue 2009[9] New Haven and Boise State reached an agreement in 2009 to license the use of Boise State's trademark blue field. New Haven calls their field a "blue and yellow" field as part of the agreement.[6]
Roos Field Eastern Washington Eagles Cheney, Washington NCAA Division I FCS Big Sky Conference Red 2010[10] Nicknamed "The Inferno".
Rynearson Stadium Eastern Michigan Eagles Ypsilanti, Michigan NCAA Division I FBS Mid-American Conference Gray 2014[1] Nicknamed "The Factory" in honor of the areas 100+ years of automotive history by head coach Chris Creighton.[11]

Other levels of play with non-traditional colors

Other programs outside of college football have non-traditional colors. Barrow High School in Barrow, Alaska has a blue turf, as do high schools in Hidalgo, Texas, Lovington, New Mexico[12] and Ravenna, Ohio. West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon has a black field.[13]

The Nebraska Danger of the Indoor Football League also play on a black field, while the Trenton Freedom of the Professional Indoor Football League began play in 2014 on a red field. Most recently, the L.A. KISS of the Arena Football League unveiled a silver field.

The National Football League has prohibited the use of non-traditional field colors without league permission since 2011, and no team in the league has ever attempted doing so.[14]

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  1. ^ a b "EMU Installing Gray FieldTurf Surface at Rynearson Stadium" (Press release).  
  2. ^ Held, Kevin (July 12, 2012). "Lindenwood University-Belleville Football Field turf laid down".  
  3. ^ a b Treadway, Daniel (July 27, 2011). "Boise State Banned From Wearing Blue Uniforms On Smurf Turf". Huffington Post. 
  4. ^ "Boise State to stay in Mountain West". Sports Illustrated. December 31, 2012. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Siegel, Alan (October 13, 2014). "The 10 Best Fields in College Football". USA Today. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Cripe, Chad (September 23, 2011). "Here's how Boise State protects its trademark on the blue turf".  
  7. ^ "Purple & Gray Turf Coming to Estes Stadium". Central Arkansas Athletics. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Watson, Graham (July 11, 2012). "NAIA school unveils the nation's most original (hideous) football field".  
  9. ^ "Dellacamera Stadium: Home of Chrager Football!".  
  10. ^ "Eastern Washington installing red turf".  
  11. ^ "Eastern Michigan Football Introduces The Factory".  
  12. ^ "Another Blue Football Field: Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium at the University of New Haven". Tom November 19, 2008. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ Chandler, Rick (August 21, 2012). "'"Oregon High School says 'The heck with everything, we're going with black turf. Off the Bench ( 
  14. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (March 22, 2011). "There will be no blue NFL fields".  
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