June 08, 2011
Another school is going blue for football.
According to the Los Angeles Times, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade High is in the process of installing a new all-weather football turf for the fall 2012 season, and the Eagles decided to make a statement, following the lead of Boise State and four other high schools around the country by installing a bright blue surface as opposed to the traditional green variety.
"Florida blue, baby," Chaminade coach Ed Corson told the Times. "It's going to be pretty."
It's also going to be bright, as are all the other blue turfs around the country. The high schools which beat Chaminade to the colorful punch are Barrow (Alaska) High, Hidalgo (Texas) High (which uses a darker shade of blue) and Lovington (N.M.) High. You can see the Lovington field -- which is expected to be remarkably similar to the new field at Chaminade -- pictured above.
The fifth blue field belongs to Santee (Calif.) West Hills High, though the West Hills field deserves special mention for alternating shades of blue every five yards, making the Wolf Pack's surface both incredibly unique and nearly guaranteed to cause a headache.
Of course, another school made major headlines in January, when New Braunfels (Texas) Canyon High unveiled the nation's first red high school football field.
With the slowly and steadily rising number of colored football fields, it does make one wonder when a truly bright color (as if that red wasn't bright enough, right?) might get unveiled in some far-flung prep location. While green obviously doesn't work in trying to create a difference, some school has to be willing and ready to roll out an orange, yellow or -- dare we say -- purple field, doesn't it?
Whenever that happens, Prep Rally will be quick to point it out. And by then, Chaminade's blue turf might not even be considered an oddity any longer.