The NFL has serious field issues on its hands during the Super Bowl.
Before the Super Bowl, the league touted the benefits of the state-of-the-art field.
Via Associated Press
“For this one, obviously, we’re giving it a little extra care,” said Nick Pappas, who is one of the NFL’s field surface directors, to the Associated Press this week. “We’ve got a lot of groundskeepers here for about a month, putting eyes on it, putting hands on it, working on it all day, every day, getting it ready for game day.”
The home field of the Arizona Cardinals is unique in that the grass is on a giant, rolling track. Every day, the entire field is rolled outside of the retractable roof stadium, where it can get unobstructed access to Arizona’s abundant sunshine. Then it can be rolled back inside for the chilly winter nights.
According to sports business journalist Joe Pompliano the NFL spent $800k maintaining the Bermuda grass field in State Farm Stadium.
The NFL has spent two years preparing the grass for tonight's field at the Super Bowl.
The grass was grown at a local sod farm in Phoenix.
It was installed two weeks ago, and the field has been rolled out each morning for daily sunshine.
Total cost = $800,000 pic.twitter.com/Um8zZala2O
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) February 12, 2023
Unfortunately, State Farm Arena is getting a reputation of being a terrible field to play on.
On Sunday several players were slipping on the field during the game.
Players slipping on the Super Bowl field pic.twitter.com/fNJCZ7RaBU
— sportsvids99 (@sportsvids991) February 13, 2023
Fans crushed the league over the terrible field conditions.
Is something up with the field? Players slipping everywhere
— Connah (@CMDRecruit) February 13, 2023
They spent 800k getting this field fertilized specifically for this game and players are slipping all over
— Laurie Fitzpatrick (@LaurieFitzptrck) February 13, 2023
Gotta give it to the NFL to spend $800,000 and players just end up slipping all around the yard anyways https://t.co/X5BrffJLsn
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) February 13, 2023
Never a good thing when the broadcast has to note that your $800,000 brand new grass field has a lot of players slipping.
Was supposed to be the second-best Super Bowl field ever. https://t.co/kXs9Ntgj3Z
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) February 13, 2023