Images of the Optus Stadium turf may have as many as four clubs nervous heading into the weekend, with patches of the newly laid surface set to be a talking point across the coming days.
The MCG gained some scrutiny in Round 1 after hosting four matches across the opening weekend of the season just a fortnight after two Ed Sheeran concerts were held on the venue, forcing new turf to be laid.
A similar scenario has impacted Optus Stadium to start the 2023 season, with no home WA games played last week due to the scheduled Sheeran gigs, with both Fremantle and West Coast hosting matches in Round 2 instead.
Much like the MCG, Optus Stadium is still needing final touches on the surface, with differing patches of turf clearly spotted just over 24 hours out from Fremantle's clash with North Melbourne on Saturday night.
Local Kangaroos fans were in attendance at the venue for their club's captain's run on Friday, spotting some concerning sections of the ground on the eve of their side's Round 2 bout with the Dockers.
Optus Stadium's turf today. I hope no one is injured on this tomorrow night pic.twitter.com/At1w6vzRCN
— giantroo (@giantroo) March 24, 2023
Geelong defender Tom Stewart was injured in his side's season opener against Collingwood at the MCG after landing awkwardly on the ground, sparking some concern among players heading into other Round 1 fixtures.
"Clearly they've had Ed Sheeran a couple of weeks ago," an unfazed Logue told reporters on Friday.
"They've laid a bit of a new patch, but it looks alright.
"We've played on footy grounds our whole lives. This is nice enough."
The AFL are also confident the surface won't be an issue for players, confirming consultants have backed the turf to be up to scratch in time for the first game of the weekend.
The league's competition management boss, Laura Kane, confirmed to SEN on Saturday morning that the Optus Stadium turf will be safe.
"We had our turf consultant out there the other day, so we are ready to go," Kane said.
"We would never play a game of football on a venue surface turf that wasn't safe. And so very confident we are ready to go at all of our stadiums around for that matter."