Park District Wants New Kind Of Sod For Soldier Field

CHICAGO (CBS) — The turf at Soldier Field is getting two thumbs up from the head of the Chicago Park District days after the Bears’ first pre-season game.

As WBBM Newrsadio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, it’s a 180-degrees difference from the field’s condition a week before for a Bears’ practice.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

“The field was great. It showed up Saturday night. That field looked dynamite,” said interim Chicago Park District Supt. Michael Kelly.

Kelly says the park system will do all it can to make sure the Soldier Field surf is as good as it can be throughout the season.

He is considering switching to a more sand-based sod, as is seen on the East Coast. But delivering it from the East Coast would be too expensive.

“I’m hoping, because of the cost, I’m actually hoping that we can bring the technology and the farming technique here to Illinois,” Kelly said. “It may take us a few years, but I think if we approach some of the sod producers, we can change the way a little bit – a little less clay, a little more sand.”

On Aug. 5, the Bears canceled their “Family Fest” practice at Soldier Field, and blamed the condition of the grass at the stadium.

Tim LeFevour, Soldier Field general manager, said the grass at Soldier Field should have been watered more to offset recent heat waves. Gaps could be seen in the grass.

The Park District said it would take financial responsibility for the situation, and Bears Chairman George McCaskey said last week that that the team would take a more active role in the maintenance of Soldier Field’s turf.

  • Pamela Cambria

    WE need a good field! To Play On! Come On People, get it together! and Go Bears!

  • Knucklehead

    WE??? I did not not know what you were on the 53-man active roster…

  • Pamela Cambria

    Hi! Knucklehead, I was at the Game Saturday Night! and the field looked, Ok! and I just might be on the 53-man roster, and you should have wrote that not, what. I have been a Bear Fan, since I was 12 and going to the games, since 1972! and all I can say is Go Bears!

  • Fletchguy

    The Bears need to have something in their agreement saying during the entire football season that the feild will not be used by anyone but the Bears. No damn soccer games, no concerts, no high school events just Bears football. That would help dramatically and since the Bears are the main money income they should have that right. It has to be real grass for Chicago football. Why not also get the Sod Father over to take a look and find a better sod other then that from Macasky farms.

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