Well, that’s one way to put a nascent program on the map.
In preparation for its inaugural season, the NAIA program at Lindenwood University-Belleville (IL) will play their home games on a field with stripe-colored “EnviroTurf” that looks like a giant Candy Cane.
The color scheme – which alternates between gray and maroon every five yards between the end zone and 45-yard lines – was captured on Sunday by The Southern, a local newspaper. It is part of a $2.3 million renovation to what was formerly Township Stadium. Ground was broken on the new stadium on March 5 and is scheduled to be completed on Sunday. The new stadium will feature a capacity of 4,129, as well as a new press box and locker room.
“The field is going to generate a lot of publicity and serve out athletic program well,” LU-Belleville Director of Athletics Scott Spinner said at the time.
Boise State and Eastern Washington have given their home fields a distinctive look – and provided their teams with a home-field advantage of sorts – by opting for colors other than traditional green. The Lynx’s field, however, takes things a step further with an alternating pattern similar to Central Arkansas’ purple-and-gray field.
We would warn fans not to adjust their television sets – if NAIA teams, in fact, played on TV.