Crew Gets Soldier Field Turf Ready For Seattle Game

CHICAGO (WBBM) — The Soldier Field grounds crew says they’re ready for the Bears’ playoff game on Sunday against the Seahawks.

Friday afternoon, workers were painting the field and going over the grass to make sure it lays properly.

Head groundskeeper John Nolan says they’ll cover the field with tarps tonight to keep off predicted snowfall.

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The crew will use heaters to keep ice from building up on the tarp.

Nolan says the ground is thawed, thanks to heaters below the surface.

“The weather hasn’t been a factor this week,” Soldier Field General Manager Tim LeFevour said. “It’s in the best possible condition for a January field.”

As one of four northern cities that still has natural grass in the NFL, the Soldier Field staff says that’s what the players want.

Still there have been complaints about the turf, from both players and fans. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler last month called the turf among the worst in the National Football League.

That doesn’t bother Nolan.

“It comes with the job,” Nolan said. “So, we deal with it.”

  • Truckerman45

    Jay the complainer will be complaining all afternoon after the Bears loss !

    Seattle 27 Bears 14 PERIOD !

    • Christine

      Want to rethink that score now.

  • Rob34

    That crew would not have to be “getting the field ready” if they had what most teams in the NFL are going to which is field turf. The Field would already be “Ready”

  • Duh Der

    The Park District, which owns and maintains Soldier Field, has offered to switch to Field Turf, but the Bears organization has insisted on natural grass. Maybe the handful of players who openly complain to the media should complain to their bosses instead.

    Both teams play on the same field. If the Bears are a better team, they will win. Just be careful, because they have a losing record in “Bear Weather.”

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