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I try to be observant, but I've been remiss in this. Does anybody know what year the directional arrows began appearing on football fields, in order to help fans watching on TV to tell which side of the field the players are on? Did the NFL & College do this at the same time? Just a really trivial thing that I've always wondered about.

Happy New Year.

Bill

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I try to be observant, but I've been remiss in this. Does anybody know what year the directional arrows began appearing on football fields, in order to help fans watching on TV to tell which side of the field the players are on? Did the NFL & College do this at the same time? Just a really trivial thing that I've always wondered about.

Happy New Year.

Bill

If memory serves it was sometime in the mid to late 70's. I actually remember watching a game the first season they used them because the announcers talked about. I can't find my car keys half the time but somehow I'm able to remember a silly fact like that.

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I try to be observant, but I've been remiss in this. Does anybody know what year the directional arrows began appearing on football fields, in order to help fans watching on TV to tell which side of the field the players are on? Did the NFL & College do this at the same time? Just a really trivial thing that I've always wondered about.

Happy New Year.

Bill

If memory serves it was sometime in the mid to late 70's. I actually remember watching a game the first season they used them because the announcers talked about. I can't find my car keys half the time but somehow I'm able to remember a silly fact like that.

Arizona State uses pitchforks instead of arrows. Does anyone else use something other than the traditional arrows?

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I try to be observant, but I've been remiss in this. Does anybody know what year the directional arrows began appearing on football fields, in order to help fans watching on TV to tell which side of the field the players are on? Did the NFL & College do this at the same time? Just a really trivial thing that I've always wondered about.

Happy New Year.

Bill

If memory serves it was sometime in the mid to late 70's. I actually remember watching a game the first season they used them because the announcers talked about. I can't find my car keys half the time but somehow I'm able to remember a silly fact like that.

Arizona State uses pitchforks instead of arrows. Does anyone else use something other than the traditional arrows?

i love that detail when watching their games. Georgia uses their helmet logo for their goal line G.

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Are there other college fields that have the x5-yard lines marked as well as the x0-yard lines like LSU?

Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium is unique with the "00" at the goal line. I also think all the numbers are painted in gold instead of white.

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I try to be observant, but I've been remiss in this. Does anybody know what year the directional arrows began appearing on football fields, in order to help fans watching on TV to tell which side of the field the players are on? Did the NFL & College do this at the same time? Just a really trivial thing that I've always wondered about.

Happy New Year.

Bill

If memory serves it was sometime in the mid to late 70's. I actually remember watching a game the first season they used them because the announcers talked about. I can't find my car keys half the time but somehow I'm able to remember a silly fact like that.

Drugs'll do that to ya.

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I love it when teams don't use the standard Times New Roman (or whatever font it is) numbers on the field. I like it even more when the numbers are outlined or colored.

Here's PSU's field. Just plain white (what else, right?) but a cool font.

beaver%20stadium.JPG

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I love it when teams don't use the standard Times New Roman (or whatever font it is) numbers on the field. I like it even more when the numbers are outlined or colored.

Here's PSU's field. Just plain white (what else, right?) but a cool font.

beaver%20stadium.JPG

Ah, a September game against some I-AA opponent...

The best part about Beaver Stadium's field though is the Yellow Goallines.

Here is a photo I took at the Rose Bowl on Thursday...they had a "G" and a red outline. (Personally, I hate the "G")

P1000328.jpg

I also hate End Zone painting that doesn't go all the way. Why leave some green grass? Just dump the stupid Blue and Red boundary lines, make them white, and just fill the damn endzone instead of leaving green space between that and the backline/sideline.

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They used to paint the entire end zone and have the colored sidelines. I could see where that would be confusion though.

1999 Rose Bowl

rosebowl02.jpg

Yeah, but I'm saying forget the stupid colored sidelines/backlines and just make them white, then fill the endzones, and you're fine.

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Yeah, but I'm saying forget the stupid colored sidelines/backlines and just make them white, then fill the endzones, and you're fine.

Or -- and I know this is a revolutionary idea -- you could use the team's secondary color for the side/backlines! =D

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I love it when teams don't use the standard Times New Roman (or whatever font it is) numbers on the field. I like it even more when the numbers are outlined or colored.

Here's PSU's field. Just plain white (what else, right?) but a cool font.

beaver%20stadium.JPG

Ah, a September game against some I-AA opponent...

The best part about Beaver Stadium's field though is the Yellow Goallines.

Here is a photo I took at the Rose Bowl on Thursday...they had a "G" and a red outline. (Personally, I hate the "G")

P1000328.jpg

I also hate End Zone painting that doesn't go all the way. Why leave some green grass? Just dump the stupid Blue and Red boundary lines, make them white, and just fill the damn endzone instead of leaving green space between that and the backline/sideline.

Hey, I can see myself in that pic :P

The reason they did just the partial endzone painting was to cover up the UCLA script, but it was still blatently visible in the SC endzone. I'd assume they would just leave the endzone green and paint the teams scripts if not.

BTW, DAMN you guys traveled well to that game.

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They used to paint the entire end zone and have the colored sidelines. I could see where that would be confusion though.

1999 Rose Bowl

rosebowl02.jpg

Yeah, but I'm saying forget the stupid colored sidelines/backlines and just make them white, then fill the endzones, and you're fine.

Bowl games use different colors to ensure that coaches and substitutions are properly followed by NCAA rule. One cannot enter the game under the 25 YRD. The colors look nice which have been talked about here, but it has a purpose. Endzones no longer have to have the 1 yard of green/non-school color, and directional arrows are not required as of the 2008 NCAA rulebook. Schools do it because the want to. Personally, serif fonts > sans-serif fonts on football fields. This bowl season the Insight bowl (NFL owned) did endzones the best. AT&T Cotton Bowl was second.

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