Last year’s Super Bowl field was in a poor condition, which caused problems for players during the game. However, this year, the field looks much better with the logos at the 25 yard lines, the Big Shield at the 50 and team names and logos in each end zone. Players are already on the field for warmups and the grass appears to be performing as intended without any slipping or sliding.
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 league officials blaming players for not wearing the right shoes when conditions were raised by owners during March 2023 annual meetings. However, it was ultimately not the players’ fault and 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.