Last year’s Super Bowl field was in disarray, with the league office taking the blame for the poor conditions. However, this year’s field looks promising, with logos at the 25 yard lines, the Big Shield at the 50, and team names and logos in each end zone. The grass appears to be performing as intended without any slipping or sliding during warm-ups.
Despite this, players are not yet making full-speed cuts, so the real test will come during the game. Last year, the field was an embarrassment to the league, with owners raising concerns about player safety during the March 2023 annual meetings. It ultimately fell on the players to wear appropriate shoes, but it had a negative impact on their performance.
This makes it all the more important for the league to ensure that they get it right this year. The Super Bowl is one of the biggest events in sports and should be played on a safe and level playing field for both teams.