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Sunday's Super Bowl marked first year without involvement of veteran field specialist

February 12, 2024  By Turf & Rec

Sunday’s Super Bowl game marked the first time in in the 58-year history of the event that fabled turf specialist George Thoma wasn’t involved in the venue’s preparations. Often referred to as “The Godfather,” the 95-year-old Thoma retired last year after having overseen field preparations for each of the previous 57 Super Bowl games. His last involvement for 2023’s Kansas City Chiefs-Philadelphia Eagles games was mired in controversy, however.

To read a more detailed account of last year’s field conditions at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. and the process involved this year in getting a natural turf field placed atop an artificial surface, click here.

This article is part of the Technology Week.

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