And after Maryland released the designs for its new turf field, I guess I basically understood what the new turf field would look like.

Still, there’s a unique joy in seeing the field slowly take shape before our eyes, a bright green, non-growing, bulldozer-flattened, state-flag-accented homage to the future.

I know I’m stupid, but following the months-long progress of this field has made me more interested in the 2012 Maryland football season. Maybe I should have studied horticulture. Or whatever the field-turf version of horticulture is.

(Images via @UMDGroundsCrew, @TerrapinClub and On the Inside of the Shell, which has even more end zone images.)