Video: Boise State's Blue Turf Goes Green for Basque Soccer Friendly 

click to enlarge The Albertsons Stadium blue turf is covered by a carpet of green for the July 18 Basque Soccer Friendly

Kelsey Hawes

The Albertsons Stadium blue turf is covered by a carpet of green for the July 18 Basque Soccer Friendly

click to enlarge KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes

Only a few inches of blue peek out from under what is now a massive blanket of green turf at Boise State University's Albertsons Stadium. 

In one of the most unusual moments in the stadium's history, crews rolled in 29 semi truck loads of fresh green sod on July 11. The huge, day-long project was preparation for the Saturday, July 18 international club soccer match between Spain's Athletic Club de Bilbao and Mexico's Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, dubbed the "Basque Soccer Friendly," as a prelude of the big Jaialdi festival, which gets underway Tuesday, July 28.

click to enlarge KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes
Boise Weekly Art Director Kelsey Hawes and videographer Farzan Faramarzi captured Saturday's transformation of Albertsons Stadium, which began with more than 7,000 pieces of hard-plastic panels placed atop the blue turf, followed by a layer of waterproof tarp and then several 3,000-pound rolls of green.

Crews immediately began watering the turf, saying they may need to keep the field watered around-the-clock to battle Treasure Valley temperatures, which are expected to climb toward the 100 degree mark later this week. 

A reminder to fans: The game will not be televised, but officials say approximately 16,000 tickets remain unsold. Prices range from $39 to $99, and sales are expected to pick up this week in anticipation of Saturday's match.

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