Eastern Michigan switches to gray football field

Written By Bill Bender

Eastern Michigan is switching to a gray field at Rynearson Stadium this season.

Here's a look at what the new surface will look like: 

Well, that’s one way to try to jump-start attendance. The Eagles certainly need help in that area.

Eastern Michigan's average football attendance the last three years is 4,080, and it increased to 4,051 in 2013. The low point came last season when the Eagles drew just 1,751 in a 58-7 loss at home to Bowling Green.

That's been just part of the problem on the field. The Eagles' showed progress in 2011 by going 6-6, but the program finished 2-10 each of the last two seasons. Ron English was fired last season after a recorded rant in which he used a homophobic slur. First-year coach Chris Creighton takes over the program.  

Eastern Michigan joined the Mid-American Conference in 1971 along with Central Michigan. The Eagles haven't won a MAC football championship since 1987.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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