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WSU going with dual crimson endzones

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After all the debate about gradients, WSU will keep the new field turf design simple with dual crimson endzones.

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Remember that field turf design floating around the Internet with one crimson endzone and one gray endzone? Well, it turns out it was half correct. There will indeed be a crimson endzone, in fact there will be two of them.

That is a slight change from the rumored design. Via Kevin McGuire:

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As Jeff Nusser pointed out in the comments, the change could have been simply due to a bid for the dual design coming back too high. Regardless, the new design should be a significant improvement from what has been in place recently. The old tuft, which was installed in 2006, was past its life-expectancy, but held on a little longer so new turf could be installed after all the heavy machinery was done working on the new facilities.

"What began in 2011 with the construction of the premium seating addition at Martin Stadium, to the recently completed Cougar Football Complex, the football facilities at Washington State University have experienced a major facelift," Bill Moos said in a release. "The final touches to this three-year transformation are new playing surfaces on both Martin Stadium and the Rogers Practice Field, which is now in full swing."

With new turf, crimson endzones and the finished football operations building, Martin Stadium will have a whole new look next season.

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