Eastern Michigan University will soon be home to Division I football's first gray playing surface. The school announced last week it will install the colored FieldTurf Revolution surface at Rynearson Stadium.
Construction on the project will begin in July as the school looks to re-brand its football program after back-to-back 2-10 seasons. The team has hired a new head coach, Chris Creighton, and nicknamed its stadium "The Factory," which according to the school is, "a place where coaches and staff will go to work each day to help “E Tough” student-athletes become scholars, leaders, champions and impact men."
Eastern Michigan's school colors are green and white, but the football team has incorporated gray as an accent color in recent years. The Eagles, members of the Mid-American Conference, join Boise State University as the only other school in the Football Bowl Subdivision with colored turf. In NCAA FCS football, Eastern Washington University features an all-red playing surface, while Central Arkansas sports a purple and gray alternating tone.