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Patriots replacing field turf after one regular-season game

  • New England Patriots flags are paraded on the field before an NFL football game between the Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne—AP


Associated Press
Monday, September 11, 2017

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots are replacing their artificial turf field after just one regular-season game.

A Patriots spokesman says the field wasn’t up to the team’s standards, even though it met the safety requirements for both the NFL and Major League Soccer. Spokesman Stacey James says it was the first chance to replace it because the field won’t be used for two weeks.

ESPN first reported the decision, noting that several players had complained the field was too soft.

The field was installed in May. The Patriots used it for two preseason games and the regular-season opener against Kansas City on Thursday night, which New England lost 42-27.

MLS’ New England Revolution also play at Gillette Stadium.