A lot less dirty

It’s an extreme rarity for NFL teams to play each other in the preseason and then again in the regular season, like the Seahawks and Raiders are doing this fall.

But it’s happening to the Raiders twice, as they will have played the Seahawks and 49ers in an exhibition and regular season game in 2010. One thing will be different for when Seattle visits Oakland this time around, though.

The dual-purpose Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum has transitioned to solely a football facility for the remainder of the season now that the Athletics’ campaign has ended. When the Seahawks played in Oakland during the preseason, the dirt infield was still visible, but now it has been covered with grass. The dirt-to-turf change is a very welcome change for the players, who say the hard infield isn’t fun to be tackled on, and the equipment staff, who now only has to worry about grass stains on the uniforms.

The Raiders’ home will be a little different than when the Seahawks last played there two months ago, as the dirt infield has been replaced with grass now that baseball season is over. [Photo courtesy of AP Images]

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