College football’s spotlight shines on Boise State and its unique stage

At Boise State University, where the color of the football turf mirrors that of a deep-blue pond, the curious seek to confirm tales of water-seeking birds diving to feathery deaths on the stadium surface — yarns just plausible enough to keep a myth alive.
“I can neither confirm nor deny,” says university Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier, tongue planted firmly in cheek.
What can be verified is that the blue artificial turf at Bronco Stadium has achieved no small level of fame, spawning copycats and prompting the school to seek federal trademark protection.