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Someday, every college football field will be solid red

Jan 28, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

Welcome to Woodward Field at Eastern Washington University, where I hear that they’re planning to install a new … Oh my Lord, it burns! Is there a certified eyewash station on campus?!
Having looked on enviously for years at Bosie State’s blue turf — the blinding, confusing jewel of the Western Athletic Conference — Eastern Washington University (of the Big Sky) decided to do something about it. I can only imagine the reaction at the athletic department meeting when someone stood up and declared: “Screw everything, we’re going with a red field, b******!”


Here’s the best part of this story: EWU football coach Beau Baldwin said the red field will actually help with recruiting.

“It’s huge for recruiting because potential student-athletes can see the progress we are making and the positive direction of our program,” Baldwin said. “With all the different events that can take place at Woodward Field and a stronger game-day experience, it’s bound to bring more exposure to our program. We already feel proud about the great things we are doing, but hopefully this project will help us be even bigger and better.”

Former EWU standout Michael Roos, now playing for the Tennessee Titans, has pledged $500,000 toward the “Red Turf Project.” The University hopes to have the field installed for the upcoming season. Field nicknames, anyone?
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Eastern Washington literally seeing red over new turf [Dr. Saturday]
Boise State’s blue turf getting a new distant cousin [Idaho Statesman]

  1. Cut the crap - Jan 28, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    Ok–Let’s have burnt orange in Austin, purple in Baton Rouge, crimson in Tuscaloosa and Norman, maize and blue in Ann Arbor, and scarlet and silver in Columbus–not!!! With a red field would we know if a player is bleeding? Boise State’s painful and gimicky precedent needs to go away too. Yes we know they play solid football.

  2. idiots - Jan 29, 2010 at 8:04 AM

    The only reason for this is to gain an unfair advantage. I know Boise St. is a good football team. But it is unfair for a team who has been playing on green to come in and play on another color surface. It throws them off balance. Thus Boise gets an unfair advantage and undefeated seasons. This red crap will be even worse. It’s stupid. It’s ridiculous. It’s something the NCAA needs to do something about. Come on, grass is green-even in Kentucky.

  3. glibster - Jan 29, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Mick Jagger wants to paint it black.

  4. jpar - Jan 29, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    If we get rid of red or blue then schools with green uniforms can’t have green fields. Tell me it is not an advantage to Oregon when they wear the uniforms that match the field! Let the schools do what they wish. Makes college more of a fan fun atmosphere than the nfl money mongers.

  5. jpar - Jan 29, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    oh and no brown uniforms because they match the ball making it easier to hide the ball during handoffs and play action fakes. Sorry Wyoming. ;)

  6. Red Rum - Jan 29, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Looks to me like they finally found a good way to get rid of a problem that they had with increasing storage needs! EWU is home to the Washington State Patrol Regional Crime Lab.

  7. Pedro - Jan 29, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    College footballers; astute and skillful enough to justify paid scholarships for the sole purpose of playing football, but completely thrown by the pitch being a different colour than normal.

  8. BSU_Backer - Jan 30, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    If playing on a blue turf gives us an advantage, then playing on artificial turf must give an advantage over playing on natural grass. Are you going to ban artificial turf also? How about fields that have different shades of green? Don’t be ridiculous. The color, texture, length of grass nor anything else dictates the outcome of the game. A good team can play on asphalt and win while a bad team can play on diamonds and it won’t change the outcome.

  9. AppfanPhil - Jan 31, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Green is the natural color of grass though. Oregon isn’t manipulating the field to gain an advantage. There is a difference

  10. EAGS - Feb 5, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    I’m an EWU alumnus and very proud of it. I feel that the red field is an excellent idea. Thanks Roos. To those that don’t think it is a good idea…who cares. Go Eagles!

  11. Demarcus Lindstedt - Feb 25, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Franky, the site is great and has been my first search priority for updates since introduced.

  12. Fan Tastic - Aug 31, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    The NCAA rukes state the following about the field:
    Field Areas
    ARTICLE 9. a. No material or device shall be used to improve or degrade the playing surface or other conditions and give one player or team an advantage (Exceptions: Rules 2-15-4-b and c).
    The USA Today reported:
    Baldwin (EWU football coach) hopes Eastern Washington will enjoy the same home-field advantage as Boise State, which has the best home record (38-1) in the nation over the past five years.
    “Boise wears blue uniforms on their blue turf, and it seems to work for them,” Baldwin said. “We’re going to look at some different uniform options … to see if one color gives us an advantage over another.”
    He said the offense and defense will alternate wearing red uniforms at practice to learn which might have a greater edge with red-on-red.
    A red or blue field with matching home uniforms equates to an advantage for the home team.

  13. VOLFAN1 - Sep 25, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES FOOTBALL GREAT. LOOK AT GREENBAY, TEAMS THAT ARE NOT USED TO PLAYING IN COLD WEATHER ARE AT A DISTINCT DISADVANTAGE PLAYING IN THE SNOW IN THE WINTER. LOOK AT NEYLAND STADIUM WHICH HOLDS OVER 100,000 PEOPLE, IT IS DEFFINATELY DIFFICULT FOR A SMALLER SCHOOL TO COME IN THERE AND PLAY IN FRONT OF THAT CROWD. THE SWAMP IN FLORIDA IS HUMID AND HOT, AND THE GATORS ARE USED TO PLAYING IN THESE CONDITIONS YEAR ROUND. MOST TEAMS HAVE BETTER HOME RECORDS, IF WE ARE GOING TO BE THIS WORRIED ABOUT THIS WE SHOULD PLAY ALL GAMES ON NEUTRAL SITES.

  14. wyndhamjoe - Dec 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Football fields should be Green! The way God intended them to be!!
    Checkout our cause on Facebook:
    http://www.causes.com/causes/557079-ban-colored-football-fields?m=4d513973

    Join and help us send a message about these ridiculous fields!!!!