North Carolina High School Football Team Gets Gray & Navy Field Turf

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The colored field turf craze, whether you hate it or love it, isn’t going away now that high schools across the country have the opportunity to pick a variety of colors that aren’t green. Take Pine Lake Preparatory, a charter school in Mooresville, North Carolina. The school will debut its new gray and navy turf at the home opener on September 4. That’s the same night that a Pennsylvania high school will play its first game on its $200,0000 gold field turf.

This is Pine Lake Prep’s first athletic field and will be the home to football, soccer and possibly lacrosse. From the school’s press release:

“Pine Lake is one of the most progressive and successful charter schools in the state,” said Todd Penley from Medallion Athletics. “With an extremely aggressive construction schedule on their new athletic venue, it made perfect sense to choose synthetic turf. With so many other positive reference installations of Shaw’s Legion system in the Carolina’s, Pine Lake staff knew exactly what they wanted. The uniqueness of the gray turf will serve as a huge branding tool and will be the focal point of their multi-sport complex.”

This football complex project, according to a school official, will cost between $2 million and $2.5 million.

Of course colored turf isn’t a new phenomenon. Boise State has had the blue turf since 1986.

Update from Chris Terrill, Head of Schools at Pine Lake Prep:

Here is an updated photo if you want it. The track will be finished on Monday so I should have a great photo Monday evening.  We are very excited about the gray.  I think it looks great and it is actually 7-10 degrees cooler than a traditional green.

More: Will bleachers be finished by kickoff on September 4?

No, we started the process from rough and hilly timber land 4 months ago.  We will have some temporary bleachers in place but the full home and away bleachers will not be completed until mid-October.  The road and parking are complete.  For our first game couple of games we are going to emphasize that we are “not quite ready for prime time” and encourage people to bring their lawn chairs.  However, our football team is ready for primetime.  We won last week 50-7.  In that game, junior Will Harwood narrowly missed setting the NC state record for punt and kickoff returns for touchdowns.  He had three total and another called back.  In total he finished with 5 touchdowns.

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More colored football fields around the country:

Texas

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Coastal Carolina

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University of Northwestern Ohio (Lima)

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Belle Vernon (PA)

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University of Central Arkansas

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