Army Football has announced the installation of a new playing surface for the first time since 2015. The eight years the last turf spent as the surface is the longest tenure since the 1992-2000 carpet was removed. With a new era of Blaik Field beginning, let’s go back to take a look at the different endzones from 1924 until today.
A fresh look at Michie Stadium 👀 pic.twitter.com/a9BUNKfN2k— ArmyWestPoint Sports (@GoArmyWestPoint) August 11, 2023
Believe it or not, Army Football actually played on the Plain up until 1924.
Laid in 1924, the original playing surface at Michie Stadium was simple grass — as all fields were back in the day. The endzones had no design. By the national championship era, however, stripes were added to to create the following look:
Surface: Natural Grass
For those unfamiliar, Michie was originally built in a “U” shape with the east side fully open to views of Lusk Reservoir.
The 1964 season featured a new look for Army football, the first Army-specific endzone at Michie.
Surface: Natural Grass
The first artificial surface was installed at Michie Stadium in time for the 1977 season.
Surface: AstroTurf (1977-1983), SuperTurf (1984-1991), AstroTurf (1992-2000)
By this time, Michie Stadium looked more or less the way we think of it today.
The 2000 “Black Knights” rebrand brought with it a new endzone design. It was the first ever design without grass/green as the primary color.
In the 2008 season, Army resurfaced Blaik Field, leaving the black endzones behind.
The 2015 Nike rebrand brought the new Athena shield logo to the midfield and with it, a new endzone.
Surface: FieldTurf Revolution
In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the Army-Navy game to be relocated from Philadelphia to Michie Stadium. The carpet was repainted to match the normal Army-Navy Game branding. So for one game, Army’s endzone went back to a primary color of black.
Seasons: Starting in 2023
In 2023, Army football introduced their latest playing surface and a new endzone design.
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Bibliography: A Brief History of Michie Stadium.