Picture this: An NFL preseason game played in a stadium where the league ordinarily doesn’t play games, one night after another event was held at the same venue.
No, I’m not talking about the Hall of Fame Game that wasn’t. Tonight at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, one night before the Falcons take on the Dolphins there, Orlando’s MLS team is playing a game.
This means that the field will have to be reconfigured promptly after the game ends, with all of the appropriate NFL markings painted on the field.
In Canton earlier this month, the painting wasn’t the problem. It was the drying of the paint. Because the field covering was removed later than expected, the paint was still wet as kickoff approached. When someone decided to apply heat to the paint, the rubber pellets that provide cushioning for the artificial turf melted, turning the rubber goo and wet paint into a Deepwater Horizon mess that was unfit and unsafe.
Presumably, the hair dryers won’t be used this time around. Still, the quick turnaround needed to play the game in a stadium that hasn’t hosted an NFL game since 1997 could lead to other problems — especially since there could be separate issues with the infrastructure and other technology needed to properly operate an NFL game.