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Touch the Blue at Boise Airport, Learn More about Boise State

By:    Published 10:28 am / March 28, 2011

Spring break travelers through the Boise Airport are having a beyond the blue experience. A new custom Boise State display near the food court features an actual piece of the distinctive playing surface known as “The Blue.”

“We’re encouraging people to touch the turf, but no tackling please,” said Frank Zang, Boise State director of communications and marketing. “We have campus visitors every day who desire to see our signature blue turf. The airport display provides travelers a touch-and-feel opportunity of this Boise State icon and a chance to learn more about the university.”

Behind the 15-by-8 piece of blue turf is a mural on three glass panels showcasing portraits of Boise State students, faculty and staff. The “Beyond the Blue” graphic features educator astronaut Barbara Morgan, Dean’s List student Jaime Huerta, faculty research scientist Peter Müllner, virtual teaching expert Lisa Dawley and Heisman finalist Kellen Moore.

As background, the mural has images of the Interactive Learning Center, Environmental Research Building, Administration Building and Bronco Stadium. The other side of the mural on the staircase to the lower concourse has a collage of student-athletes and directs people to the blue turf display. Boise State also has a literature rack for free distribution of its Visitors Guide and other publications.

The digital composition of the two-sided mural was created by the Boise photography studio Tri-Digital Group.

Boise State made a bold statement when it first installed blue turf in 1986. While other schools have special color projects for the end zone area, Boise State was the first to have the entire field produced in a special color. It is still the only non-green football field among NCAA Division I FBS schools. Boise State had new FieldTurf installed at Bronco Stadium prior to the 2010 football season.

Boise State also prides itself on its accomplishments beyond the blue. As an emerging metropolitan research university of distinction, Boise State plays a crucial role in the region’s economic development and famed quality of life. Idaho’s largest institution of higher education offers nearly 200 degrees and certificates in seven colleges. While remaining committed to the strong teaching legacy that has resulted in 11 Idaho Professor of the Year awards since 1990, Boise State’s added emphasis on innovation and creativity is fueling the fastest growing research program in Idaho.