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Bears, SMG Create Committee To Address Soldier Field Turf Issues
Published August 10, 2011
TURF IS GREENER? Bears Chair George McCaskey said that "it's an organizational decision to play on grass." He said that the "chief concern is player safety, noting that there aren’t any studies that support that grass isn’t the safest playing surface for football." In Chicago, Sean Jensen notes the Bears are "among a diminishing number of northern-climate football teams -- pro or college -- to still play on grass," which typically "becomes a challenge to grow by mid-October." Jensen writes, "They need FieldTurf. A change will benefit everyone involved, from the Bears to the Chicago Park District to the taxpayers, who ultimately foot the bill" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 8/10). Also in Chicago, David Haugh writes, "Until the Bears can feel more confident in their landlord, the responsible choice for them avoids unnecessary risk." That means sitting RB Matt Forte for Saturday's preseason game, and "perhaps other important offensive skilled-position veterans familiar with the offense." The game "won't mean a thing unless somebody gets injured." Perhaps by their "last home exhibition Sept. 1 everything, including the sod, will be more settled" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/10).