Players get first look and feel of the new artificial turf and early reviews are good – The Athletic

The rain stopped at Bank of America Stadium during the two-hour practice session on Friday night and didn’t begin to fall until the fireworks and lights show that followed. And nobody was hurt on the new artificial surface.

Consider this edition of the FanFest a success.

“Whenever something is new, you want to make sure the guys have the right studs, the guys look at it. For the first time, I think it’s in really good shape, ”said Panthers trainer Matt Rhule of the FieldTurf, which debuted this week when several high school teams from the Charlotte area trained on it.

“I think it will be a little more compact. I know it has been tested well, ”added Rhule. “Of course it was great not to have any injuries tonight. And I think the guys will find out what really works in terms of shoe technology.

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