Levi's Stadium Turf Causes Issues for Players at Super Bowl 50

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2016

Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) is tackled by Denver Broncos’ T.J. Ward (43) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Julie Jacobson/Associated Press

Levi's Stadium may be a state-of-the-art venue, but the turf is creating issues for players at Super Bowl 50.

CSN's Scott Bair and CBS Sports' Tracy Wolfson reported that players are experiencing problems with the turf and are changing their cleats.  

This isn't the first time the field at Levi's Stadium has been called into question, as San Francisco 49ers Influencers show:

San Francisco 49ers @SanFran49eRRs

Justin Tucker sunk into Levi's Stadium on his missed field goal http://t.co/O5JcGBXXGk http://t.co/MxHWxnTFQ4

Even before the game started, there were concerns with the condition of the field, per the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano:

Ralph Vacchiano @RVacchianoSNY

Groundskeepers scurrying to fix the turf after warmups (and before the pregame show is set up) ... https://t.co/C3tY6Hbrhx

The Toronto Sun's John Kryk saw some players having problems in pregame warm-ups as well:

John Kryk @JohnKryk

As I just said on live chat, it's slippery on Levi's Stadium turf. At least 2 #Broncos receivers have wiped out making the simplest of cuts.

The slippery turf was apparent with offensive lineman Michael Oher's slide in the first quarter, per The Cauldron:

The Cauldron @TheCauldron

Someone get Michael Oher new spikes, DeMarcus Ware has him skating backwards https://t.co/ziTnGSqGoQ

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean provided a picture of staff members working on the turf after the halftime show:

Jim Wyatt @jwyattsports

And now the post-@SuperBowl halftime show job: Repairing the divots from @Beyonce's high heels https://t.co/OBz0sHA26r

According to the Associated Press (via the San Francisco Examiner), a crew replaced the field turf at Levi's Stadium in January in anticipation of this game. 

It received rave reviews from NFL Field Director Ed Mangan, per the AP: "We’re in good shape the way we are. Very smooth. The 49ers have been great, the complex has been great and everything so far is on schedule. We’re kind of pushing forward. … You could play on it today once we get it down, that’s how strong it is."

So far, though, the turf hasn't looked that strong, as players are sliding their way around the biggest game of their lives. While it hasn't directly affected a big play yet in the game, the turf will only get worse as the game progresses, players make cuts and a halftime-show team wheels out a large stage onto the field. 

It would be a shame if there were a game-changing play that turned the events of this Super Bowl all because of some slippery turf in Santa Clara, California. 


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