Turn Your Yard Into a Football Field
Get a proper game going in your own backyard this Super Bowl weekend
Here’s what you can do to get they yard ready for a scrimmage this Super Bowl weekend, if weather permits.
Depending on where you are, mow the lawn if needed. Measure the playing space. It doesn’t need to be massive, but comfortable enough for the size of the teams you'll have. (The NFL’s field length to width ratio is 2.25 to 1.)
To get some lines down, you can use a lawn-safe spray paint, nails, and some string. Place the string over the measured sections to know where your lines are. Use the nails to secure the string while you paint over and under the string. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for the spray paint. First paint the border of your play area. Then, paint your lines. On a real field, the distance between hashes or yard lines is 1 yard. However, you can scale down appropriately to what will fit in your yard.
The hash marks should be kept short, but try to keep them evenly spaced. Since most backyards aren’t big enough to support an actual 50-yard line, every fifth line should be a “yard line”, adding in the numbers for flair. To keep a realistic look, the largest number should be in the center, and decrease by 10 for each line going to the side.
If you want to go the extra mile, then you can also have homemade goal posts. Refering to a tutorial from Toni Thomason at the My Life Homemade, you'll need two 10 foot long, 1 inch PVC pipes, two 1 inch PVC elbow joints, one 1 inch PVC - joint, two end caps, yellow spray paint, tube of waterproof seal and bond glue, tape measure, and a saw.
Mark a cut line on one of the 10 foot poles at 5 feet, then cut. Set one 5 foot piece aside. Using the other half and the full 10 foot pipe, cut two 2 feet sections and cut two 3-1/2 feet. You will now have 5 cut pieces of pvc piping. Then, spray paint all of the PVC, including joints and caps. Let dry completely.
To begin the assembly take the 5 foot pole to be your base. Attach the T joint to the top of the pole. Place the 2 foot. poles on each side of the T joint to make a T. Then, attach an elbow joint at the end of each short end. Push in completely. Add the 3-1/2 foot poles to the elbow joint and push down in place. Finally, glue the pieces, and let them dry overnight. For full instructions click the link above.