Following back-to-back two win seasons, Eastern Michigan – with new head coach Chris Creighton at the helm – is looking to establish a new identity. Part of that new identity will include a brand new gray FieldTurf playing surface at Rynearson Stadium.
Yes – it’s gray. Here’s what it will look like:
According to a release from the university, construction on the new field will begin in July. The new field includes a new color scheme which utilizes a gray playing surface, green end zones and white hashmarks and numbers with the block “E” logo at the 50-yard line.
"Installing new top of the line FieldTurf in our stadium is one of many ways that our administration has demonstrated a real commitment to Eastern Michigan Football," Creighton said.
Creighton wants his team to be tough – so tough that they’d play anyone at any venue, even a concrete parking lot. That’s where the idea for the gray field reportedly originated.
"The fact that (administration) have embraced the idea of the field being concrete gray shows their courage and conviction in who we are and what we are all about. We cannot wait to represent Eastern Michigan University on our new turf this fall and for the years to come,” Creighton said.
Eastern Michigan isn’t the first school to feature a playing surface that strays from the traditional green turf. Of course, Boise State features its famous blue turf. Additionally, lower-level schools like Eastern Washington (red) and Central Arkansas (purple and gray) also have taken a similar route.
So what do you all think? Is the gray field a good look? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.
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