Chicago Bears news: NFL blasts Soldier Field turf after Saturday’s preseason game, stadium concerts cause poor conditions

Chicago Bears news: NFL blasts Soldier Field turf after Saturday’s preseason game, stadium concerts cause poor conditions

CHICAGO (TOC) — If the grass is all the time greener on the opposite aspect, the turf troubles at Soldier Area, which have been a problem for years, may make a transfer to Arlington Heights look much more inviting for the Bears than ever.

Issues concerning the turf situations on the lakefront stadium as soon as once more hit the highlight after the Bears’ first preseason recreation Saturday. The pinnacle of the NFL gamers union was extremely crucial of the floor.

“I am simply glad it was higher than what it was earlier this week as a result of earlier this week it wasn’t the most effective. Grass may positively be higher,” stated Bears Quarterback Justin Fields after the sport Saturday.

The NFL stated the sphere met the minimal testing requirements, however the President of the NFL Gamers Affiliation is asking for a reevaluation.

“We clearly must re-evaluate what’s an appropriate floor for gamers to compete on. We want new testing metrics trying on the efficiency and security of each area. The NFL can and may do higher,” JC Tretter stated in a tweet accompanied by a photograph of the torn-up area.

Retired, longtime Chicago Tribune sports activities reporter Fred Mitchell, who lined the Bears, stated the timing of this final chapter of turf turmoil could not come at a worse time for the town, because it fights to persuade the Bears to not transfer to the greener pastures supplied by Arlington Heights.

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“This persevering with drawback actually would not improve the choices for the Bears so far as staying in Chicago, simply another excuse to maneuver on,” Mitchell stated.

The issue stems partially from using Soldier Area for live shows after which the necessity to do repairs or re-sodding for soccer.

“It is nonetheless a nasty scenario, a nasty floor to kick on in comparison with different locations, Cairo Santos, the Bears kicker stated on Wednesday.

The sphere follies an excessive amount of of a scorching political soccer that raises questions on whether or not the Bears actually need to deal with the issue.

“You nearly all the time observe the cash,” Mitchell stated. “With regards to choices which are made and I’ve to imagine that is the foremost subject.”

The Bears new head coach Matt Eberflus fielded questions concerning the turf after Saturday’s recreation in opposition to Kansas Metropolis.

“The taking part in floor was handed by the NFL, for us to be on, I believed it was agency and it was good, in order that’s the place we’ll depart it at,” Eberflus stated.

The Bears had no additional touch upon the situations.

The contractor that takes care of the sphere didn’t reply to requests for remark or entry to the sphere itself.

There are three extra live shows between now and the September eleventh Bears residence opener in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers.

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