It’s a frigid night in New York. It was 23 degrees when the Pinstripe Bowl between Iowa and Boston College kicked off on Wednesday and the wind chill made it feel like 12 degrees.
In short, it’s not comfortable to be outside. And it’s almost impossible to get good footing on the turf at Yankee Stadium.
Along with being originally installed for baseball, the Yankee Stadium turf has no heating coils beneath it. Digging in is especially tough for the players. So early the game, some players on both teams ditched their cleats for sneakers.
Players ditch their cleats at Pinstripe Bowl
The field at the Pinstripe Bowl is so frozen, players are ditching their cleats for sneakers. ❄️ pic.twitter.com/mNBUY2onmk
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 27, 2017
“Guys say it’s so cold they’re getting no traction. Some guys are going to what looks almost like a basketball shoe instead of their cleats,” ESPN sideline reporter Jen Lada said on the broadcast.
The frozen turf at Yankee Stadium is clearly having an impact on play. Multiple players slipped and the conditions are making ball carriers more cautious when they’re trying to make a move.