The debate about whether or not the Bears and the Chicago Park District should replace the grass playing surface with FieldTurf happens every season and multiple times a year.
Players complain about the grass at Soldier Field but the organization thinks their players are safer with grass at Soldier Field.
Meatball fans will argue that playing on grass is "Bears football" and I know they're not forgetting the 85 Bears played on AstroTurf.
New bears president, George McCaskey was on ESPN 1000 and weighed in on the playing surface in Soldier Field.
"It's not a money issue on the turf."
"It's at this point, primarily it's a safety issue."
"The studies aren't conclusive, but the studies that we have looked at have shown a higher incidence of lower leg injuries among players on artificial turf. And we want to prolong careers. We want our players to be safe. We want our investment in the players to be protected and the state of artificial turf or an infield surface is such now that we think the safest surface for our players is natural grass."
Key phrase here... "studies are inconclusive".
"We work with the Park District ... and they have resodded sometimes twice during the season, so it's something that we monitor...
Even though the grass is resodded during the season, grass does not grow in cold temperatures hence the loose sod and slippery grass playing surface.
"And I don't have any scientific evidence for this, but I would suggest to you that a natural grass field that has shown some wear and tear in January is safer than a frozen artificial surface in January."
Not when the surface is frozen.
"We are a speed team, but I think we're fast on [synthetic turf] or natural grass. The idea is to make it as much of a homefield advantage as you can, but to me player safety trumps that issue."
Our friends up north in Green Bay have a synthetic-grass mix that is heated during cold weather games. Lambeau's surface is pretty sweet.
IMO - FieldTurf needs to be installed at Soldier Field. The stadium plays host to events all year around even on the same weekend as Bears home games.