The playing surface at State Farm Stadium in Glendale became a hot topic of conversation during Super Bowl 57 between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday as players struggled with their footing throughout the game, a 38-35 Chiefs win.
FOX sideline reporter Tom Rinaldi said half a dozen Eagles players changed their cleats at halftime and the grass is a new breed of turf called Tahoma 31. It was an issue from pregame warmups through the game.
"They were sticking to the ground. I changed before the game," Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Snead said of his cleats.
"Wore different ones the second half," Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert said. "The field was tearing up a little bit. But once again, we were playing on the same field as the Chiefs and it really didn’t have a reason on the outcome."
Social media sounded off on the grass playing surface during and after the game:
— MLFootball (@_MLFootball) February 13, 2023
Biggest game ever. Worst turf ever
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) February 13, 2023
This didn’t age well. That turf was a problem all night https://t.co/nENvOv7WwT
— trey wingo (@wingoz) February 13, 2023
The NFL called this the best turf ever grown pic.twitter.com/EEaQ8koNze
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) February 13, 2023
It looks like Hurts slipped on the turf while launching the final pass. His plant leg buckled on the release. If that's actually what happened, horrible for the game. The field is a much bigger story than the refs here.
— Yesh Ginsburg (@yesh222) February 13, 2023
The turf at #SuperBowlLVII is terrible. I hope no one gets hurt. 😬
— Ryan Shead (@RyanShead) February 13, 2023
The league should be thrilled that everyone will be talking 'officiating' in the wake of the game, as it takes attention away from the travesty that was the condition of the turf. How can you deliver THAT field for THIS game?? Should not be acceptable IMHO.
— Braun Film & Video (@BraunFilm) February 13, 2023
This turf is garbage how did the league let this happen.
— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) February 13, 2023
I’ve seen Bowl games played on baseball stadiums with better turf than whatever they’ve got at this #SuperBowl.
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) February 13, 2023
— God Fearing Patriot (@MaskdMarauder) February 13, 2023
Why would you choose the Super Bowl to try a new type of turf???
— You’re a Wizard, Jalen (@waterboy4hire) February 13, 2023
Field and Turf conditions should NOT be a part of the conversation ever in a #SuperBowl
— Phil Stiefel (@Beardaknowledge) February 13, 2023
It’s just the Super Bowl, no reason to make sure the turf is playable.
— Chad Dundas (@chaddundas) February 13, 2023
— Roth (@HeyPal3647) February 13, 2023
How is the playing surface so bad?
— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) February 13, 2023
— John DePetro Show (@JohnDePetroshow) February 13, 2023
The Republic's Jose M. Romero contributed to this story.
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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Super Bowl slippery turf issues slammed after Chiefs vs. Eagles game