Eastern Michigan will take a page out of the Boise State playbook this season, but that play will not be a Statue of Liberty to fuel an upset in a major bowl game. Instead, Eastern Michigan will play on a non-traditionally colored field this fall. Today the Eagles unveiled plans for a brand new gray field at Rynearson Stadium.
You read that correctly. In a world of flashy uniforms and HD video, Eastern Michigan is embracing a more monochromatic field color and running with it. The school is calling it “The Factory,” which may be a reference to the hard work attitude the program will try to adopt moving forward.
— EMU Football (@EMUFB) June 19, 2014
Boise State is famous for its blue turf. The school also owns the trademark to any non-green playing surface, which means Eastern Michigan had to run this idea by Boise State University. Boise State has denied other schools the chance to install a blue field, but the school is generally pretty accepting of other non-traditional field colors. Will a gray playing field be the key to turning Eastern Michigan football around? Eh, probably not, but at least we are talking about the Eagles in mid-June. That’s something, right?
At least it should be easier on the eyes for those watching an EMU game on TV, compared to a Boise State or Eastern Washington home game.