Last year, the Grey Cup game was played in a blizzard. This year, it’s an ice rink.
The turf at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton is clearly a factor with players slipping all over the place. While temperatures in the Alberta capital aren’t that bad – around the freezing mark – it’s clear that the playing surface is impacting the quality of play.
Social media, known for its restrained and reasonable reaction to things, certainly has plenty of, um, hot takes on the issue.
This field condition is dangerous no you expect these guys to play at a high level when they are slipping and falling all over the field smh #GreyCup2018
— Can't Be Denied (@TToliver80) November 26, 2018
New requirements for bidding on the Grey Cup game will include having a field that you can play on
— Doug Brown (@DougBrown97) November 26, 2018
People worried about a Grey Cup at the Big O? Field at Commenwealth is embarrassing right now
— Joey Alfieri (@joeyalfieri) November 26, 2018
— BC Lions Den (@BCLionsDen) November 26, 2018
This turf is a disaster.
— Joel Gasson (@JGasson_21) November 26, 2018
Move the season up and eliminate the divisions. Please? #CFL
— Kirk Penton (@PentonKirk) November 26, 2018
Move the season up! The condition of this field is atrocious!
— Mike Sweeney (@TheMikeSweeney) November 26, 2018
That field looks brutal have seen 3 guys slip already #GreyCup
— Calgaryfan (@Ogie488) November 26, 2018
I think the turf at Commonwealth Stadium should get a nomination for Defensive MVP…. #GreyCup
— Brendan Hood (@emtbrendan) November 26, 2018
— Wolfman? (@DJ_wij) November 26, 2018
— sjglass (@UrquhartMP) November 26, 2018
Kickers are gonna struggle to make long field goals today if they can’t plant their foot. #GreyCup
— Douglas Gelevan (@DGelevan) November 26, 2018
Unprofessional by the league in the championship to have field conditions like this. #GreyCup
— austin (@MacQueen516) November 26, 2018
— Hugh Doyle (@hughjohnd) November 26, 2018
Well done turf. #GreyCup
— Lauren (@lllaurenA) November 26, 2018
Lets also get @CFLFootballOps & the @CFLPA together o a strategy to have a proper playing surface for the #GreyCup every year regardless of site. C'mon Guys – There's affordable appropriate machinery available – the boys shouldnt look like they are on skates! @3DownNation pic.twitter.com/7y5bt7FUOb
— The Prep Report (@ThePrepReport) November 26, 2018
— Ken Evraire (@kevraire17) November 26, 2018