UNLV embraces its city's history with new Vegas-inspired turf design
Crazy turf designs aren’t new to college football. But it’s going to be pretty hard to top the latest that UNLV has created.
SB Nation first revealed the Rebels’ new field design Wednesday.
Both endzones will feature the infamous “Welcome to Las Vegas” entrance sign and the 50-yard marker will be painted over the sign’s starbust, while the rest of the yard markers pay homage to the iconic Stardust Casino. The inspiration for the design is based on Neon Boneyard, a museum which houses a collection of vintage Vegas signage.
The turf is part of the Rebels' $1.2 million stadium renovation, but it’s not the team’s only connection to its Vegas history. UNLV unveiled plans back in April to wear “Welcome to Las Vegas” helmets and uniforms in 2015.
The theme is also a nod to new UNLV coach Tony Sanchez, who led local high school Bishop Gorman High to six state championships before accepting the Rebels job in December.
UNLV will break in the new turf in its home opener against UCLA on Sept. 12.