Mayor Wants Bears’ Playing Surface To Be ‘Reliable’

(CBS) In his first public comments since Friday night’s Family Night was canceled by the Bears, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he expects the Chicago Park District to come up with a solution to make Soldier Field’s playing surface more reliable.

“I told them to look at it,” Emanuel said Tuesday. “I want the players and the teams that come, and the fans that want to go to Soldier Field to find a method or a facility that is reliable. That’s what I expect them to do, and I expect the people at the Park District to make the tough choices and the choices that are responsible. I’m not looking for, right now, on the blame. I’m looking for a solution. Different people and different parties have different ideas on this, and I expect them to come up with a solution so it’s a reliable thing.”

Bears Chairman George McCaskey said Monday that the team would take a more active role in the maintenance of Soldier Field’s turf, but it’s clear the mayor expects the Park District to fix the problems, not the Bears.

“The folks at the Park District are going to address and speak to this, and I expect them to have the answers that are necessary,” Mayor Emanuel said. “That is important. I’m not going to cast a judgment or a question about what the Bears should have done, or should do, but I do know the parties that are responsible are looking into this. That’s where I think they answered a lot.”

  • Cheap

    My question to Mr. McCaskey…..why the lame excuses…..Lets be real, we all know the real reason behind the Bears not switching to field turf or the hydro turf that lines the field in Green Bay oh by the way, they have an out door stadium like ours and also they go through severe weather like ummm the Bears, so stop with the lame excuses and be realllllll!! Just say we are cheap and we don’t like to spend money to help improve our team success just like in free agency..Im tierd of the excuses the front office and owners always give us!! Im Glad the Mayor is stepping in! I hope he puts pressure on the Bears to change the grass!!!!

    • Spoon

      You’re a dope, the Bears would not have to pay one dime for field turf to be installed. The Park District would pay for it completely, then you can complain about your taxes being used for the change, or some other equally mundane complaint.

  • Leroy

    OK Cheap, Soldiers Field is owned by Chicago Park District! Its The Park Districts responsibility to maintain the field. The same field that host High School championships, concerts, The collage football classics and anything else the park district can think of. The Bears play at Soldiers Field 10 days out of the year barring playoffs. The rest of the year (355 days) the Park District does whatever they want. Why should the Bears foot the bill to replace the field? Would you replace the floor of a house, store or business facility you do not own and only use 10 days out of the year for about 4 hours each day you use it? NO YOU WOULDN’T! Not if you’re smart. Why should the Bears spend millions to replace the field and still have no say so over how it’s used 355 days out of the year? The City/Park District need to do their jobs, fix the field and maintain it. The City of Chicago make tens of millions of dollars from the Bears each year and they nickel and dime everyone who lives in the City. There is no excuse why The City can’t or shouldn’t fix this field.

  • Larry

    The Bears should just work with the Park District to put the best turf on the field whether that is Hydro grass, artificial turf, regular grass. It is clear the turf that has been regularly used has not been working.

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