Eastern Michigan's football field will look very different this fall. The Eagles plan to install gray turf at Rynearson Stadium, the school announced on Thursday. The new FieldTurf Revolution surface will be predominantly gray with green and white trim. It will be installed by Aug. 30, when the Eagles open their season at home against Morgan State.
According to Eastern Michigan, the same FieldTurf Revolution surface is currently being used in the NFL by the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, as well as by Notre Dame. In a statement, Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton said the plans for the field show the school's commitment to the program.
"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. "The fact that they 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."
Of course, the Eagles aren't the first program to install colorful turf. Boise State's blue turf has has been a staple of Broncos football since 1986.