Orlando stadium crew will have a quick turnaround for Thursday night’s game

AP

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.

10 responses to “Orlando stadium crew will have a quick turnaround for Thursday night’s game

  1. You let soccer be played on an grass NFL field? A minor league sport? During an NFL Season? Isn’t there a high school nearby?

  2. If there’s anything we have in abundance here in Florida, it’s heat that will be applied to the paint…

  3. rcali says:
    Aug 24, 2016 9:40 PM

    You let soccer be played on an grass NFL field? A minor league sport? During an NFL Season? Isn’t there a high school nearby?
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    Maybe you need to go back to high school, because your reading comprehension is embarrassing.

    It IS NOT an NFL field.
    It IS home to Orlando’s MLS team, that’s MAJOR league, not minor league.
    It IS NOT during an NFL season, it’s preseason.
    An NFL game has not even been played on the field since 1997.

  4. Soccer is what you play when your mommy won’t let you play a real sport, that’s the reason it will never be taken seriously in the US, it’s a 2nd rate sport played by girls.

  5. Fawcett Stadium is a small $500k stadium that’s getting a $10mil demo/rebuild right now. Camping World (aka Citrus Bowl) on the other hand, spent $17 mil remodeling their bathrooms during a $210 mil upgrade in 2014.

    One hosts events for the NFL, NCAA, MLS, Copa America and is home to WrestleMania next year. The other would be lucky to host a Pokémon Go gathering. Two. Different. Venues.

    Here’s a kicker…
    It goes back soccer format Fri & Sun, then BACK to football 8 days later. (The nationally televised FSU v Ole Miss.) Then back to soccer.
    FWIW: AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D

    Just because the Pro Bowl “game” is a joke, doesn’t mean the new venue is.

  6. What is they just went “old school” and did the field in the powder the NFL used to do at one time, and most pop-warner fields use? It’s just a preseason game and will have no potential safety issues like the paint.

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