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Smurf Turf comes to Ohio
August 6, 2013 - Michael Palmer
The football season is just weeks away, but one Akron area school is celebrating an early victory: the debut of it's new turf.
Ravenna High School, located just East of Kent, will finish installing a bright blue artificial turn on its athletic field at Ravenna Stadium Complex this week. Imitating the "Smurf Turf" at Boise State University the football field is an unnerving bright blue.
The royal Raven blue replaces a more traditional green turf field, which was installed 14 years ago. At the time, back in 1998, Ravenna’s field was one-of-a-kind for the area. Most teams played on natural grass. Honkala said the community has come forward to support the $1.1 million initiative, which updates the sports field, track and tennis courts. Thus far, they’ve accepted sponsorships and donations worth $730,000.
The new, artificial turf is expected to last at least 10 years.
The Ravens will get to play their first game on the field on Sept. 13 against the Louisville Leopards.
It might be worth a drive North just to witness the spectacle.
My question: Is it just a matter of time before Martins Ferry goes for purple turf?
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