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Football fields

As a unit for measuring area, football field is roughly equal to an acre or, to use another colloquial measurement term, a city block. As a measurement of length, it’s roughly 100 yards. The term can be useful for giving a vague sense of size, but it’s also imprecise and perhaps condescending to adult readers who are familiar with standard measurement terms.

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Nearly three football fields long and more than 14 stories high, the Iowa is one of the biggest warships ever built. [Los Angeles Times]

Left alone, the whole complex, which is larger than two football fields, could plummet to the ground. [CBC]

Nearly 38,000 solar panels are spread across land the size of several football fields. [NPR]

Pilgrims will camp out under the stars in an area the size of 48 football fields and hundreds of priests are on hand to listen. [Telegraph]

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  1. In the US, people can visualize a football field much more readily than they can an acre or 100 yards. The Iowa warship is a prime example. It is much easier to visualize three football fields back to back and 14 stories high than it is to visualize 300 feet long and 140 (using a 10 foot story) It’s not a matter of insulting the reader; the real world units make it easier to visualize than an arbitrary measure (such as foot).

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