Grass surface is fine for Chicago Bears

Grass surface is fine for Chicago Bears

There are 11 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 10, 2008, titled Grass surface is fine for Chicago Bears. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Any talk of turning the Soldier Field grass into FieldTurf is a discussion Tim LeFevour doesn't want to entertain.

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Rocket Man

Ithaca, NY

#1 Dec 11, 2008
The grass field at Soldier Field is a joke. If they are going to let people other than the Bears play on that field, it gets too torn up. I would hope the Bears strogly demand that Field Turf (as much as I dislike it) be put in the stadium after this season. Soldier Filed's grass is the worst in the NFL now that New England's Gillette Field went to Field Turf.
Chris R

United States

#2 Dec 11, 2008
Who put that i d i o t LeFevour in charge of the field? The NFLPA could probably sue and win over treacherous employee working conditions. Where is OSHA when you need them?

Letting the Park District or the Sports Authority take care of the field is a waste of taxpayers money. Every year the field is in ruins after Halloween. News flash to LeFevour: grass doesn't grow in Chicago in the winter. His response? Re-sod over and over. He says "It's nothing new or unusual that we do," LeFevour said. "This is how we approach it every year."

Well, if any of us goes to work and makes the same mistake over and over, year after year, we would rightly get fired.

Put Field Turf in and be done with it. Of course, this being Chicago, the sod contractor is probably paying somebody off to keep things as they are.

Rob

Iowa City, IA

#3 Dec 11, 2008
Chris R wrote:
Who put that i d i o t LeFevour in charge of the field? The NFLPA could probably sue and win over treacherous employee working conditions. Where is OSHA when you need them?
Letting the Park District or the Sports Authority take care of the field is a waste of taxpayers money. Every year the field is in ruins after Halloween. News flash to LeFevour: grass doesn't grow in Chicago in the winter. His response? Re-sod over and over. He says "It's nothing new or unusual that we do," LeFevour said. "This is how we approach it every year."
Well, if any of us goes to work and makes the same mistake over and over, year after year, we would rightly get fired.
Put Field Turf in and be done with it. Of course, this being Chicago, the sod contractor is probably paying somebody off to keep things as they are.
Grass may not grow in winter in Chicago, but I don't think it does in Green Bay, either, and I haven't heard any talk about their putting in FieldTurf at Lambeau Field. It also gets cold in Kansas City, and Arrowhead still has grass last time I checked, as does Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Washington.
Grass Man

Fittstown, OK

#4 Dec 11, 2008
They need to find a sod supplier that will grow grass for them on sand base. Most fields in the NFL are done this way. A grass field can be much better than what they currently are showing.
John

Schaumburg, IL

#5 Dec 11, 2008
Rob wrote:
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Grass may not grow in winter in Chicago, but I don't think it does in Green Bay, either, and I haven't heard any talk about their putting in FieldTurf at Lambeau Field. It also gets cold in Kansas City, and Arrowhead still has grass last time I checked, as does Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Washington.
This has little to do with whether grass grows in winter. Its all about their sucky sodding procedure. Grass maintainance is not easy in these conditions. The park district is probably pinching pennies here. If they are finding it too hard to maintain then they might as well go with field turf. No need to ruin the game by putting the player's careers in danger.

Its ridiculous to say there is no problem with this surface. Both home and visiting teams are saying so, we see players slipping and falling every week... how is there not a problem?
Bill

Wayne, IL

#6 Dec 11, 2008
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Of COURSE Tim doen't want to change it.

He's SOOO proud of his "masterpiece".

Slipping, sliding, and ruining the game is all part of Tim's plan.

Besides,... if everyone's talking about the crappy Field,... they won't be talking about the crappy Bears.......... It's called ... Diversion.

.

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#7 Dec 11, 2008
I'd never thought I'd say this.......but I want the new Field Turf....look what NE did after three years...Field
Turf
Creighton

Evanston, IL

#8 Dec 11, 2008
I agree grass is the best surface to play on. To bad at that this time of the year grass doesn't grow and the Bears are playing on green frozen mud.
Micahel Halatek

Belleville, IL

#9 Dec 11, 2008
More and more I hear the turf at Soldier Field is the worse playing surface IN THE NFL. That is embarrassing. Tommie Harris blamed the turf in part for his severe injury in 2006. The condition of the field against Detroit was the worst I have seen.

The Bears defense has played its best games this year at Indianapolis, Detroit and St. Louis. All three locations have FieldTurf playing surfaces.

Coincidence?

I think not.
Micahel Halatek

Belleville, IL

#10 Dec 11, 2008
Rob wrote:
<quoted text>
Grass may not grow in winter in Chicago, but I don't think it does in Green Bay, either, and I haven't heard any talk about their putting in FieldTurf at Lambeau Field. It also gets cold in Kansas City, and Arrowhead still has grass last time I checked, as does Cleveland,
Philadelphia, and Washington.
If Chicago must stay grass, I would love to see the same field installed at Soldier Field as the one in Green Bay. First, the field has no crown. Second, there are synthetic fibers woven into a natural grass surface. It is the best cold climate natural grass fields in the NFL.

With college games, high school games, soccer matches and concerts all scheduled for Soldier Field, it is far better for that field to be synthetic.
Staley

Bloomington, IL

#11 Dec 11, 2008
Rocket Man wrote:
The grass field at Soldier Field is a joke. If they are going to let people other than the Bears play on that field, it gets too torn up. I would hope the Bears strogly demand that Field Turf (as much as I dislike it) be put in the stadium after this season. Soldier Filed's grass is the worst in the NFL now that New England's Gillette Field went to Field Turf.
Rocket Man-I was trying to remember what game I saw you play on Soldier Field. Most of the Bear's players said they would prefer the grass field and I would think most NFL players would too. I was at the Bears opener against Tampa and the field looked like crap and I agree it is a joke. The park district needs to hire the "Sodfather" Roger Bossard from the Sox to fix up the field.
I'll be looking for you out on the field tonight, just make sure you don't slip when Orton throws you the ball.

Go Bears and bring us a win!

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