It all started at Boise State University, with the “Smurf” turf – that unmistakable, instantly recognizable blue turf. In recent years, additional colleges
and high schools have installed anything-but-traditional-green turf on their football fields. Among the current colors out there are red, gray, teal and even (gulp!) purple- and gray-striped. Time to add another hue to the list: gold.
Belle Vernon Area High School, located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, installed gold-colored AstroTurf this summer at a cost of $200,000, as part of a $1 million renovation to the school’s football stadium.
“We wanted to honor the Leopard tradition with a color that stands out,” said Belle Vernon Area superintendent Dr. John Wilkinson, in a press release on AstroTurf.com.
Belle Vernon Area is the first high school east of the Mississippi River to install AstroTurf’s “Gold Series” system, which was introduced this year to honor the 50th anniversary of the AstroTurf brand. The field uses silica sand instead of typical crumb-rubber particles.
But as with any colored turf installation, public feedback is mixed. The reaction on Twitter (shown at right) was particularly amusing.
No matter your feelings on the matter, the gold turf is undisputedly unique.
So, is it too much to ask that Belle Vernon shows “Goldfinger” during halftimes of games this season?
COVER PHOTO: @MATTFARAGO