Patriots replacing turf at Gillette Stadium after installing it in May

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The Patriots will be playing on a new surface when they next take the field at Gillette Stadium.

The team said it had made the move to the most “technologically advanced FieldTurf surface” when it was installed in May of this year, but they’ve decided to tear it out and make a change after two preseason games and last Thursday’s loss to the Chiefs. Mike Reiss reports that the change is being made because the playing surface is “not meeting team standards.”

The specific places where the turf is falling short is not clear, although Reiss reports some players have said the surface was “especially soft.” Interestingly, the team touted that very feature — it “plays soft, feels real, looks great and hangs tough” — when it announced the installation of the surface this year.

The Patriots will next be at home for a September 24 game against the Texans while the New England Revolution of the MLS, which also calls the stadium home, will play a game the day before.

44 responses to “Patriots replacing turf at Gillette Stadium after installing it in May

  1. I mean, it was pretty obvious that the reason the Pat’s lost to the Chiefs was due to the turf. That was the first thing I said when they lost.

    Well, at least the Patriots will go undefeated this season so nobody will care about their week 1 embarrassment.

    #19andohhhh….

  2. That makes sense. Terrible turf was why they suffered the worst blow out of the Brady-Belichick era. That will provide me with great comfort as I continue to rock back and forth in a corner, sobbing uncontrollably.
    -Actual, not fake, Pats fan (being mostly facetious… mostly)

  3. Hate on the Patriots, but props to Robert Kraft and his organization for correcting this early in the season.

    Teams invest so manybmillions into their players and product, but somehow justify cheaping out on proper turf. Bizarre…

  4. That’s a pretty expensive “oops.” Since I’m betting the Pats wouldn’t have signed up to be a test subject this must have been a surface in place elsewhere meaning they must have had the opportunity to see it beforehand.

  5. That makes sense, they lose they have to blame someone or something… the deflated turf is the cause, that’s it!

  6. .
    @helmutcatch

    A. No Patriots fan or team member ever brought up an undefeated season. Some lazy journalist made it up while sitting on the can.

    B. No Patriots fan or team member blamed their loss on the turf. This is the first mention of any turf issue.

    C. Teams have a responsibility, not only to their own players but also their opponents, to provide a safe playing surface. If any team feels their field endangers player safety, they should replace it immediately. There’s too many non contact injuries already.

    BTW….. We’re all living in 2017. You’re still living in 2010.
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  7. Anything to remove that stench that the Pats left on the field against KC…
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    Good one. We’ll be alright though. Big Bill will figure it out.

  8. lmh1194 says:
    September 11, 2017 at 1:54 pm
    Maybe they got some extra I-watches from the Red Sox and will install those in the new turf?

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    Yes! That’s it! Somehow, magically only teams in Boston magically have cheating fairy dust so they can succeed and win 11 titles across all 4 major sports teams in the last 15 years!

    It’s really a great product, that magic cheating fairy dust. Your teams should check it out!

    It’s all you need to win a lot and create a raging jealousy elsewhere in the country.

  9. elyasm says:

    September 11, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    That makes sense. Terrible turf was why they suffered the worst blow out of the Brady-Belichick era. That will provide me with great comfort as I continue to rock back and forth in a corner, sobbing uncontrollably.
    -Actual, not fake, Pats fan (being mostly facetious… mostly)
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    Not even close to the worst blow out of Pats Brady era. Not even the worst loss to the Chiefs which was the 41-14 schelacking in 2014 which shook them up enough to go on a Super Bowl run.

  10. “Anything to remove that stench that the Pats left on the field against KC…”

    Pats scored 27 points on an off day. Not a winning effort in this case but would be on a lot of days.

    The stench comment applies to teams like the Colts, Cincy, 9ers and Giants who all embarrassed themselves much worse than the Pats did.

  11. Very rare do the Patriots embarrass themselves but to do it 3 times in less than a week is just impossible to beleive. The pregame love in, the crushing defeat and now blaming the surface. The football gods looked down at that pregame and said ” we are not having that, be humble”. Regarding that pregame I bet that Hoody and Tommy were embarrassed and Krafty was responsible because he wanted Roger to see that he won the battle but lost the war.

  12. They should’ve replaced it before the season. I think they waited just so they could use it against Eric Berry.

  13. 6ball says:
    September 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Says – A. No Patriots fan or team member ever brought up an undefeated season. Some lazy journalist made it up while sitting on the can.

    Really? Not a single, Pat’s fan? Not a one? The blog boards must be full of a lot of Non-Pat’s fans declaring the undefeated season to be then. A very brief search of the internet shows there are – strike that – “were” a lot of Patfans stating that this was the season that it would happen.

  14. elyasm says:
    September 11, 2017 at 1:36 pm
    That makes sense. Terrible turf was why they suffered the worst blow out of the Brady-Belichick era. That will provide me with great comfort as I continue to rock back and forth in a corner, sobbing uncontrollably.
    -Actual, not fake, Pats fan (being mostly facetious… mostly)

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    That’s far from the worst blow of the Brady-Belichick era. That would be the two losses to the Giants in the Super Bowl, the AFCCG losses to Manning and the loss to the Jets in 2010.

    This loss is more like 34-20 loss to the Steelers early in 2004 or the 41-7 loss to the Chargers in 2005. Which case it is depends on how they do over the next month.

  15. nfl1818 says:
    September 11, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    It has nothing to do with game 1

    I think it MIGHT have something to do with Edelman and Berry
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    Why would the turf have anything to do with Edelman, who was hurt while playing in Detroit?

  16. Don Bat says:
    September 11, 2017 at 3:34 pm
    They’re blaming the new field?

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    No not at all, nowhere in the article does it say that. That noise is just the resident trolls doing their usual. According to Brady it was their lack of intensity. According to Belichick it was a breakdown in coaching and preparation. The team was heavily blaming themselves. Not a word about the field.

  17. elyasm says:
    September 11, 2017 at 4:12 pm
    nfl1818 says:
    September 11, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    It has nothing to do with game 1

    I think it MIGHT have something to do with Edelman and Berry
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    Why would the turf have anything to do with Edelman, who was hurt while playing in Detroit?

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    I think he meant Jones. And also thats a good point, if it was thought the turf contributed to Berry’s injury neither team would be too happy. And orher teams might start objecting to playing in Foxboro on it.

  18. ‘Everything they do is the greatest until it isn’t’

    Wow, that is so funny coming from a Bills fan. You’re right that someday they won’t be as great as they are now……but unless you are a young man, you may not live long enough to see the Patriots looking up to Buffalo.

  19. Interesting blurb from Mike Reiss on that four letter website about this one. Like me, lots of others would’ve loved to see them go back to a natural grass field (which they had until 2006), but as it turns out the stands are so high that the late summer/early fall sun doesn’t get high enough to give the surface a chance to heal up in between games and other functions.

    Seems like there’s a trend towards 20-25 lifespans for stadiums these days (which is ridiculous), and I’ve always thought that it will be interesting to see what happens with Gillette given that it’s one of the few (if only?) privately funded facilities in the NFL. I wonder how Kraft (or his son) will end up handling the situation when Gillette (which is what… 16 years old at this point?) in another decade or so. The idea of a downtown multi use stadium is dead at this point, so I wonder what they’ll do on the site they already have so much invested in? Love to see them give build a separate place in Boston for the Revs and mid size concerts and design a place on the current site with natural grass.

  20. FYI. That turf had been removed and reinstalled this summer. I was there a few international soccer games (end of June) and they put real grass in the stadium for those games. Perhaps it was not in good shape after being installed twice???

  21. Pats fans feel sooo entitled, they started booking their SB tickets in July.

    I think we are looking at 9 wins

    Brady made Alex Smith look like, well….Brady.

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