Installation of a new artificial turf field begins today at Central Arkansas, an FCS program in the Southland Conference. That’s noteworthy because the field will be painted purple and gray.
Purple and gray will be alternated in 5-yard sections from the goal lines out to the 45-yard lines. Between the 45s will be a 10-yard gray segment with the logo centered at midfield. The end zones will be black with “Bears” in white lettering, with bear-paw logos on either side of the nickname.
UCA’s field will be the third NCAA field to be a color other than green. Boise State has its blue field, and defending FCS champ Eastern Washington unveiled a red field last season.