How to Paint American Football Field
What You Will Need:
- Large tape measure, 200ft or longer
- Long thin rope, 360ft or longer
- Field paint
- 3 people minimum
Step 1: Front Side Line
The first thing to measure and mark is the Front Side Line. This should be 360ft. We also need to set tick marks for each yard line (there are 20 yard lines in total). The lines that will be used for further measuring are illustrated in the first image with white dotted lines.
Step 2: 50 Yard Line
This next step is where multiple people are required to make sure the American Football field geometry is correct. Person 1 should hold the tape measure and stand exactly at the left 30 yard line. Person 2 should hold the other end of the tape measure at 200ft on the tape measure and stand exactly at the right 30 yard line. Person 3 will now pull the middle of the tape measure (100ft) out into the field. When the tape measure is taught, the 100ft mark will indicate the center mark of the field.
Once the center mark is found, the 50 yard line can be measured (160ft from the Front Side Line) and marked.
To save time, we will add small marks on the 50 yard line to indicate where the hash marks will be painted before continuing.
Step 3: Zero Yard Lines
Now it’s time to find and mark the zero yard lines. This will again require at least three people working together.
Person 1 will stand exactly at the 0 yard mark and hold the tape measure. Person 2 will stand on the Front Side Line at 20 yards (60ft). This marks the spot of the 10yd line. At this time, person 2 is holding the tape measure at exactly 180ft.
Person 3 will now locate the 80ft mark on the tape measure. This point is the center of the End Line. Once this center has been found, the End Line can be marked (160ft across).
These steps are now repeated at the other end of the field.
Small marks should be added to indicate where the hash marks will be.
Step 4: Back Side Line
Once the two zero yard lines have been measured and marked, it’s time to mark the Back Side Line. This is just a matter of connecting the two end points of the end lines using the rope and applying the football field paint to the turf.
Step 5: Yard Lines and Hash Marks
The rest of the process is quite simple, albeit very time consuming. For the yard lines, it is simply a matter of measuring out the different yard lines (20, 30, 40…) on both sides of the field and connecting the points – first with rope, then with paint.
For the hash marks, we have added small marks throughout the previous steps to indicate where they will start and finish. Again, it is simply a matter of using rope and paint to complete the lines.