Fiesta Bowl 2013: Oregon players hope grass in stadium isn't an issue again

Ronald Martinez

The Ducks last played in the University of Phoenix Stadium against Auburn for the 2010 BCS Championship, and afterwards players had complaints about the field's condition.

The Oregon Ducks are hoping the field is less of an issue for a team at the University of Phoenix Stadium at the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday, Oregon Live reported.

The Ducks played at the stadium in their 2010 BCS Championship game loss to Auburn and afterwards some players complained about the conditions of the field's surface during the game.

Some players from both teams fell and slipped during the 2010 title game and offensive lineman Mark Asper called the grass "squishy".

However, a new turf has been laid down since then, and senior linebacker Michael Clay doesn't think it will be an issue this year. Clay played against Auburn his sophomore season, registering four tackles during the game.

"Maybe the ground will be different. They put new turf in. So I don't think turf will be an issue this year."

The turf at the University of Phoenix Stadium resides outside of the stadium until a couple days before a game, and is then rolled into the stadium to avoid problems associated with indoor humidity.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Arizona

You must be a member of SB Nation Arizona to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Arizona. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Arizona

You must be a member of SB Nation Arizona to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Arizona. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.