Major League Ultimate released Wednesday the field design for the 2014 MLU Championship between the D.C. Current and Vancouver Nighthawks to be held at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. on Saturday, July 19.
The first custom field painting in league history, the championship design features a 30-yard MLU logo at center field, large brick marks and yardage lines at 10-yard intervals.
The simple design maintains an open layout while adhering to league yardage and line standards. Yardage lines are included both for the statisticians tracking the on-field play and the officials enforcing yardage penalties.
“The overall idea was to create a field with the markings we need within a minimal, open design to highlight the unique flow of ultimate,” said MLU Executive Vice President Nic Darling. “We wanted the functionality of the yardage markings without the rigidity of football’s gridiron.”
For spectators watching the game at PPL Park or at home on MLU Live, the yardage lines help them better understand the length of throws and speed at which players are moving.
The decreasing lines beginning at half-field are meant to signify the approach to the end zones as well as create spaces that could be used in the future for sponsor branding or team-specific branding.
“We felt it was important, given this opportunity, to stamp our own identity on the grass at PPL Park,” Darling added.
The field will be painted by the PPL Park grounds crew using a custom-made MLU logo stencil. Painting begins on Friday in time for first pull at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night.