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Boise's blue field turns 20

Updated: September 14, 2006, 3:20 PM ET
Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho -- Twenty years after the Smurf Turf made its debut, Boise State's blue football field remains an eye-catcher.

And that's exactly what Gene Bleymaier hoped for when he came up with the idea of dying the artificial turf at Bronco Stadium.

"I guess that I'm the type of person that when I paint my house I paint it a different color so the neighbors notice you did something," said Bleymaier, in his 24th year as Boise State's athletic director.

Bleymaier was the driving ...

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