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The Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers had to use an 80-yard field during their Thursday night preseason game due to poor field conditions at IG Field.
The stadium is located on the University of Manitoba campus and is home to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. Because CFL goal posts are located in the front of the end zone, they had to be removed and placed in the back of the end zone for the Raiders-Packers tilt.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Jim Owczarski, a patch of turf in the south end zone where the goal post used to be caused a commotion during pregame warmups, with multiple Packers and Raiders officials meeting to discuss the suspect area.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo then reported the Packers were considering holding their starters out of the game due to concerns over the field conditions.
“The other thing being mulled is an 80-yard field to avoid the end zone,” he tweeted. “But few people seem to know how that’ll even work.”
Sure enough, the pylons were moved up to the 10-yard line and the teams were forced to play on an 80-yard field.
Packers President Mark Murphy later told WBAY-TV’s Dave Schroeder they would play as scheduled.
Revelations about the field conditions come in the wake of IG Field being unable to fill the stadium due to high ticket prices.
The top lower-level seats were going for about $350 as of Thursday morning, and according to the Washington Post, the stadium is expected to be about half-full.
The cheapest seats were listed about $71, which is also high for a preseason game. These prices were actually even higher, but were dramatically slashed last week due to very low sales.
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