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Sunday, May 13, 2012
In pictures: The rainbow of sports venues!

By Greg Hardy
Special to

You’re a billionaire. You love tennis. So you make it a point to hold a tennis tournament … on blue clay.

Yeah, the color contrast ticks off the world’s elite tennis players, who tried to win this week's Madrid Open. But that didn't prevent the peacock impulses of Romanian billionaire Ion Tiriac from adding another venue into the rainbow of stadiums to feature wacky hues in odd places.

Enjoy! Or don't, if you've got sensitive eyes.

Red: The football field turf at Eastern Washington University.

Roos Field
Roos Field could double as a three-hour commercial for sore eye drops.

Orange: The checkerboard end zones of the Tennessee Volunteers.

If the Vols keep struggling, fans might find more excitement at actual checker tournaments.

Yellow: Fields of sunflowers during the Tour de France.

Tour de France
It's only an eyesore if your eyes are watering because you're allergic to all that pollen.

Green: Fenway Park’s Green Monster.

Cody Ross
Sure, it's a fan favorite. But it's a sight that's caused sore eyes for many a slugger over the years.

Blue: That clay at Madrid.

Janko Tipsarevic
Ah, blue clay. Finally, we know what it'd look like if Boise State hosted the NCAA tennis finals.

Purple: The Wrigley Field board, repainted for Northwestern football.

Wrigley Field
Northwestern turned Wrigley purple back in 2010. And whaddaya know, the home team lost.

And, because why not …

White: As in, football fields covered with snow.

These flurry-filled fields are known to cause players to slip and slide. (Leon Lett, anyone?)