The turf at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., where the Patriots play Sunday, has a reputation for being slippery, even after it was replaced before Super Bowl 50. So Patriots coach Bill Belichick said they will head west with enough equipment to prepare them for any field conditions, and that team staff will make sure they know which equipment to use.
“Dave Schoenfeld, our equipment manager, has a lot of experience and he’s very good at that — identifying what type of footwear we would need on a particular field,” Belichick said. “Particularly, when he gets to the field the day before a game and sets up the locker room and so forth, he’ll let me know what the conditions are.”
Belichick said conditions sometimes are varied even within one field.
“Pittsburgh used to play in Three Rivers Stadium and the way that field, the sunlight hit the field, it was shaded on about a third of the field from one sideline to kind of the opposite end zone, so there was a slice of the field that really wouldn’t thaw out,” Belichick said. “It was hard, it was frozen, but the way the sun hit it, which was kind of the other two-thirds of the field if you will, played kind of normally, unless the conditions were just frigid.”