Boise State’s iconic blue turf field is going green — at least temporarily. And before you ask, no, this has nothing to do with recycling.
Albertsons Stadium, the 36,387 seat venue that plays host to Broncos home games, will have its trademark blue surface covered up in order to host a an international club soccer match between Spanish club Atletico Bilbao and Mexican Club Tijuana.
La Liga, the Spanish league that is home to Atletico Bilbao, has a contract with FIFA requiring natural grass on any fields that host its teams, according to the Idaho Statesman.
The field is expected to be fully converted to natural grass by tonight.
This will be the first time that Boise State’s field will be green since 1986. From the stadium’s opening in 1970 to 1985, the field was green AstroTurf.
During the 1986 campaign, the field was converted to blue AstroTurf and has since been upgraded to a more advanced blue synthetic material.
The natural grass will be “planted” on plastic platforms that cover the blue turf.
After the soccer match on July 18th, the covers will be removed and the field will be returned to its former glory.
So don’t fret Broncos fans; while it will no-doubt be strange to see green in place of what Chris Berman called the “blue plastic tundra,” this effort to go green, like so many others, is only a short-term thing.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to the Idaho Statesman