Red Is the New Blue (and Green) at Eastern Washington

Eastern Washington University will officially introduce its highly touted red Sprinturf field Saturday when the Eagles host Big Sky Conference rival Montana at renamed Roos Field. The former Woodward Field was named after EWU football alum Michael Roos of the Tennessee Titans, who pledged $500,000 toward the $975,000 turf project.

The new turf, which replaced natural grass and matches EWU's uniforms as much as possible, has been hyped for months - ever since EWU announced its plans in January to install the world's first red football field. Boise State University was the first to use a blue field (way back in 1986) as a way to draw nationwide attention to the mid-major school and its sizable investment - a gamble that's paid off handsomely in recent years for the Broncos, which recently achieved its highest preseason ranking in history when the Associated Press named BSU the third best team in the country.


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