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Texas school unveils nation's first red turf high school field

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Forget Boise State's blue turf. That's been done. New Braunfels (Texas) Canyon High wanted to make a statement with the school's new turf field, so it went with the Cougars' school color: Bright red.

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As reported by and the Dallas Morning News, Canyon officially unveiled the school's new bright red turf with a soccer scrimmage between the Cougars and Hays (Texas) High on Tuesday. While that scrimmage was the first chance for any teams to compete on the cornea-blazing surface, the first officially recorded games will come on Thursday, when both the Canyon boys and girls soccer teams kick off the Comal Cup Soccer Tournament, beginning with the Cougars girls squad's game at 9:00 a.m.

To get a sense of just how bright the red turf is, at the left of the photo above, check out the end zone, which is black, in honor of Canyon's other school color. It certainly makes the red surface pop, doesn't it?

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Of course, the brand-new turf surface will also serve as the home of the Cougars football program starting in fall 2011, at which point Canyon will be the only high school program in the nation to use a red turf field. Division I-AA program Eastern Washington used a red turf field for the first time during the 2010 football season, and plans to continue using it in future seasons.

While the red turf makes Canyon's surface a pretty safe bet to be the nation's gaudiest at the moment (or at least one of two, along with Eastern Washington's), that honor may not last long if current plans for a forthcoming field in the Alamodome to accommodate the coming debutant University of Texas San Antonio football program actually evolves as is currently planned. Reports earlier this fall claimed the Roadrunners would use a bright orange field to match their school colors.

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That orange field is so blazingly bright that it's almost impossible to believe until everyone actually sees it inside the Alamodome. The Canyon turf, on the other hand, is definitely very real, as the Cougars' opponents have already begun to discover.

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