Allegiant Stadium, inaugurated in 2020, serves as the home turf for both the Las Vegas Raiders and the UNLV Running Rebels. This year, it’s set to host Super Bowl 58, marking a significant milestone for the stadium.
For football players, the opportunity to play on a Super Bowl stage is a lifelong aspiration. However, last year’s game, Super Bowl LVII, presented challenges as players from both the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles struggled to maintain their footing on the field. The game was held at State Farm Stadium, which features a natural grass playing surface that can be rolled in and out of the stadium due to its retractable roof.
In contrast, Allegiant Stadium boasts an indoor venue with a retractable natural grass surface. Recently, on Thursday, the field was rolled inside, giving people their first glimpse of it.
During its last NFL game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos in Week 18, Allegiant Stadium’s Bermuda grass was in poor condition. However, there have been noticeable improvements since then, as organizers are keen to avoid a repeat of last year’s issues.
Leading up to the game, the San Francisco 49ers encountered their own set of challenges, with reports surfacing about safety concerns regarding their practice field on the UNLV campus, likening it to a “sponge.”
Despite recent setbacks, veteran groundskeeper George Toma, affectionately known as the “Sodfather,” anticipates a much-improved playing surface this time around. Notably, Toma, who retired after last season, won’t be overseeing the field preparations this time.