Natural Grass Confusion

I’d like one question answered as Bears fans, the organization, Chicago Park District and the media discuss the woeful Soldier Field turf five times a year every time it is re-sodded or a player screams about it.  The question is simple.  If the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns can maintain an adequate natural grass surface, there should be absolutely no reason the Bears can’t.  Right?

I am having a hard time finding any reference to exactly what they do in Green Bay.  I know it has something to do with a combination of their below-ground heating pipes, combined with some system to weave artificial fibers in with the natural grass.  But again my Monday morning quick search isn’t coming up with anything.

If the Bears are committed to having a natural grass surface permanently, which I would endorse, there should be NO REASON why Chicago cannot have the same quality field the Packers claim to have.

Or, as a good friend of mine surmises, are the Bears purposely obfuscating on this subject because they’re trying to build a case for yet another new stadium to be built for them long before the current Soldier Field lease expires in 2033?  A stadium the Bears will again want the fans and taxpayers to pay for?  Wouldn’t surprise me at all.

3 Responses to “Natural Grass Confusion”

  1. The Packers field is a combination of turf and natural grass. I don’t know the details, but I know it’s anot a typical natural grass field. One thing to note that makes a huge difference is that there are no other events at Lambeau during the season. Solider Field is a different story. With that type of surface, you cannot re-sod it during the season. Whether we like it or not (and I don’t), Solider Field is just used too much for natural grass (Foxboro had the same problem). It’s going to need field turf whether we like or not. Of course, then we get political because the unions might not like taking away jobs to groundkeepers, etc. It’s never a dull moment in the city of Chicago.

  2. Ironicaly, Wembley Stadium has had tons of problems since it was redeveloped and like JDM suggests with Soldier Field, one of the root causes is the amount of events it hosts, including the NFL game.

    Not that I’m complaining about that this year mind.

  3. Wembley Stadium has the same surface as Green Bay Packers since july 2010, the hybrid grassmaster system. Since then, they have a perfect pitch, in a multi-use environment.
    More info at the website of the English Soccer Association:
    http://www.thefa.com/TheFA/Wembley/NewsandFeatures/2011/Desso-Installed

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