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NAIA school unveils the nation’s most original (hideous) football field

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If you thought Boise State's field was obnoxious, a small college in Belleville, Ill., is putting the Smurf turf to shame.

The Lindenwood University-Belleville will have its first football season this fall and, in an effort to make it unforgettable, the university decided to design an original field striped red (maroon) and gray to represent the school's colors.

We've seen all blue fields (Boise State) and all red fields (Eastern Washington), and we've even seen stripes (Central Arkansas), but this, this is an abomination to the game. It looks like a flattened out barbershop pole. Whatever happened to good ol' green?

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The new field is part of a $2.3 million stadium renovation that includes a new press box and new seating. The entire project is slated to be complete on July 15.

The LU-Belleville Lynx will play their inaugural season in the NAIA with a five-game slate consisting of Kentucky Wesleyan, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, University of Saint Francis, Valley City State University and Central Methodist University.

While the schedule might be forgettable, the home playing surface is not and it will surely set the Lynx apart from any other team in the entirety of college football.

I think the only thing that would make this field better would be if the Lynx's uniforms were red and gray split vertically down the center so they're indistinguishable from the field when straddled across a major yard line. Now that would be a true home-field advantage.

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