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Soldier Field could be a little sloppy on Sunday

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Several stadiums have playing surfaces that create periodic concerns for the NFL.  And, of course, one of them already is hosting a college football game one day before the local pro team plays there.

Via Doug Padilla of, the Bears host the Vikings at Soldier Field on Sunday at noon local time, 19 hours after a college game between Washington and Illinois there kicks off there.

And rain is in the forecast for Sunday.

I’m not concerned about it,” coach Marc Trestman said, via Padilla.  “We don’t have any control over the weather.  We played in some mud at training camp, certainly, and had weather in training camp, so our guys have been on that kind of field.”

Regardless of whether it’s sloppy on Sunday, ripping up the turf in Week Two doesn’t bode well for a sound playing surface in November and December.

While it makes sense to use football venues that host only 10 NFL games per year (and maybe two more) as much as possible, playing more games on the surface makes it even more important to ensure that the playing surface is in good shape.

At Soldier Field, it too often isn’t.

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23 Responses to “Soldier Field could be a little sloppy on Sunday”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 14, 2013 10:39 PM

    I’m shocked.


  2. maxl49 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:39 PM

    Mike Florio a.k.a. the grass Nazi !

    No turf for you ! One year !

  3. mnmarine0351 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:44 PM

    Oh darn, guess the Vikes will have to run the ball more.

  4. mackcarrington says: Sep 14, 2013 10:49 PM

    This is probably one of the few instances where having real turf is a hindrance.

  5. jack3dsd says: Sep 14, 2013 11:01 PM

    Oh crap! what are they goina do?? Football in less than ideal conditions? ????

  6. rgledz says: Sep 14, 2013 11:07 PM

    Who are the idiots that scheduled a college game there the same weekend that the Bears have a home game?? They’re on the road next week and the schedules come out well in advance to plan this out. This is just asinine.

  7. blazertop says: Sep 14, 2013 11:10 PM

    The NFL survived the 40s, 50s, 60s, etc., with all sorts of non-ideal field conditions. Why does everything have to be “perfect” these days. Ban Domes!

  8. lcplspieker says: Sep 14, 2013 11:42 PM

    Beat this makes it harder to run on for a certain running back not named Forte’

  9. blackandbluedivision says: Sep 14, 2013 11:50 PM

    How much you wanna bet Urlacher is still going to complain?

  10. blackandbluedivision says: Sep 14, 2013 11:50 PM

    Hey, it’s an improvement. Last year, they opened the season with complaints about the field conditions.

  11. blackhawks2010 says: Sep 15, 2013 12:57 AM

    Worst surface in the NFL. How many ACL’s have to tear before they do the right thing and scrap the grass? It’s not even grass by Week 4, it’s dirt.

  12. chi01town says: Sep 15, 2013 1:05 AM

    the game has to be played regardless of the weather. the Bears can NOT allow Minnesota to run the ball. if the Vikings cant run then they cant win. Plus taking aways should be easier with a wet field.

  13. juliuspeppersandonions says: Sep 15, 2013 4:40 AM

    How many times every year do we have to hear about this? Why can’t the organization and the city come together on funds to put an artificial turf of some kind down. I know its football but, I would rather see a clean game without any surprises from the grass fairy.

  14. gmsingh says: Sep 15, 2013 6:52 AM

    A little sloppy? That’s like saying Tim Tebow is “a little religious.” It’s weird that a college game can be scheduled immediately before an NFL game. Someone needs to be given credit for creating the “home field disadvantage.”

  15. steelers88 says: Sep 15, 2013 7:32 AM

    I think everyone in the NFL should just switch to field turf and do away with the real grass.

  16. dd393 says: Sep 15, 2013 7:40 AM

    On any given Sunday. Call the Chicago Park District for more green paint.

  17. larryboodry says: Sep 15, 2013 8:03 AM

    This is really gonna hamper the Vikes in their passing game…Oh, wait.

  18. jakec4 says: Sep 15, 2013 8:25 AM

    Sounds like a Los Angeles candidate to me. I heard that it gets windy and even snows in Chicago. SNOW! That is just unacceptable.

    For a league making a big deal out of playing on less than ideal fields, why even bring London into the picture. It rains all the time there. They had no problem putting Eli Manning and whoever the Giants were playing on a field that looked like a giant slip and slide.

    Football was meant to be played in the elements. Please don’t ruin this with your little fix it kit, Goodell. The guy who wants an outside Super Bowl in New York in the middle of winter.

  19. greyhawk9 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:35 AM

    Watch your acls boys

  20. steelers88 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:20 AM

    I love football in the elements but when the grass is messed up it can be very dangerous. Players will get injured.

  21. watermelon1 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:24 AM

    It can’t be worse than that swamp they call Heinz field in Pittsburgh.

  22. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 16, 2013 11:58 AM

    GET A DOME!!!

  23. larryboodry says: Sep 16, 2013 1:15 PM

    @Rick Spielman is a Magician:

    Dome wouldn’t matter. Soldier Field will always be poorly maintained with the pencil-pushers at the Park District running it.

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