By Noah Franklin
At Super Bowl 57, the field caused significant concern among players and fans. Despite the favorable weather conditions, the playing surface appeared like a rain-soaked field, causing over a dozen players to slip and struggle to maintain their footing. Eagles Linebacker, Haason Reddick, was particularly critical of the field, calling it the "worst field [he] ever played on." Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, and many other players changed cleats mid-game in an attempt to improve their footing. Even Chiefs defender, Frank Clark, acknowledged that the field was "kind of terrible." The field in question, named Tahoma 31, was grown two years in advance in Phoenix, Arizona, and cost the NFL $800 million dollars. Despite these challenges, Eagles head coach, Nick Sirianni, stated that the field's poor conditions did not impact the outcome of the game because "we all had to play on it." Nevertheless, the NFL and NFLPA are likely to come under pressure to address the issue and improve the quality of the playing surface in future games, especially given the large viewership of the Super Bowl.
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