Heinz Field installs an entirely new field

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Heinz Field finally will have a new field. And you can thank U2 for it.

According to Sean Gentille of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the powers-that-be in Pittsburgh have installed an entirely new playing surface for the first time since 2003. The move happened as a result of damage to the field resulting from U2’s concert on June 7.

As Gentille explains it, a concert at Heinz Field typically results in only the top layer of the field being replaced. Thanks to U2, the entire field was completely replaced.

“Everything from the grass to the soil is gone,” Heinz Field head of corporate communications Nick Sero said.

The soil, topped by Kentucky bluegrass, was placed over a new set of heating pipes. In October, the sod between the 35-yard lines will be replacements. After a series of high school games in November, the full top layer will be replaced.

Each year, Heinz Field hosts 10 Steelers game (plus playoffs), six Pitt games, and four high school games. That’s at least 20 games, with as many as 22, if the Steelers host a pair of playoff games.

Heinz Field remains notorious for a disastrous Monday night game between the Steelers and Dolphins from 2007, which included a punt that didn’t bounce.

UPDATE 5:05 p.m. ET: The Steelers dispute the report from the Post-Gazette that the U2 concert caused enough damage to require an entirely new field. Team spokesman Burt Lauten says a new field already had been planned.

UPDATE 8:37 a.m. ET 8/6/17: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has revised its article to acknowledge that the U2 show had nothing to do with the replacement of the field.

25 responses to “Heinz Field installs an entirely new field

  1. The best modern field turf is cushioned, resilient, and now nearly matches a perfect grass field. Most importantly, it stays that way. I used to think “grass or nothing”, but I was wrong.

  2. The Cardinals replace the entire field annually. And it’s outside 100% of the time that a game (or raining camp) isn’t going on. Safe to say this contributes to the players rating it as the #1 surface in the league.

    How can Pittsburgh go that many years without replacing that awful field? No wonder it looks like green hamburger every year.

    Meanwhile up in Santa Clara, they replace their field 5-6 times a year, and it still looks worse than Heinz Field. Somebody has no idea what they’re doing up there, and it’s not just Jed & Paraag.

  3. Maybe they should put in field turf like the Patriots then maybe they could compete with them..on second thought probably not, but keep trying Pit is always a pleasure to destroy you…

  4. The surface at Heinz used to be bad, but it hasn’t been that way for half a decade at least. No clue if U2 caused an issue, but the grounds crew seems to have it controlled.

  5. Reporter: “Hey Tug McGraw, do you prefer grass or AstroTurf?”

    Tug McGraw: “I don’t know. I’ve never smoked AstroTurf.”

  6. The World Champion Patriots, can and will whoop you guys on any field, doesn’t matter to us what you do with it. 🙂

  7. patsfan1960 says:
    August 5, 2017 at 7:02 pm
    Maybe they should put in field turf like the Patriots then maybe they could compete with them..on second thought probably not, but keep trying Pit is always a pleasure to destroy you…

    Yup. Better call Dr Rydze. 🙂 I mean the Steelers already proved they aren’t even good enough to hang with Tim Tebow never mind beat him without Dr Rydze’s “help”. Funny how that happens huh?

    🙂

  8. The Ravens own the North. Division champs this year.

    Steelers miss the playoffs in 2017. Too bad…the World Champion Patriots were looking forward to dishing out another well deserved beatdown to the black and gold.

    Paging Dr Rydze….

  9. (6250claimer says:
    August 5, 2017 at 6:39 pm
    The Cardinals replace the entire field annually. And it’s outside 100% of the time that a game (or raining camp) isn’t going on. Safe to say this contributes to the players rating it as the #1 surface in the league.

    How can Pittsburgh go that many years without replacing that awful field? No wonder it looks like green hamburger every year.

    Meanwhile up in Santa Clara, they replace their field 5-6 times a year, and it still looks worse than Heinz Field. Somebody has no idea what they’re doing up there, and it’s not just Jed & Paraag.)

    That may be , but on the other hand the Steelers keep winning and have the best WR and RB in the league. Arizona has the 2nd or 3rd best RB depending on where you stand on Zeke and nothing else. All that beautiful field and yet the Cards still suck. That was your real point right?

  10. Either way Martavis they are playing “With or Without You” every ” Sunday Bloody Sunday”. It’s a great game. Minus Goodell it would be the “Sweetest Thing!” When he is gone it will be a “Beautiful Day!”

  11. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    August 5, 2017 at 10:58 pm
    The Ravens own the North. Division champs this year.

    Steelers miss the playoffs in 2017. Too bad…the World Champion Patriots were looking forward to dishing out another well deserved beatdown to the black and gold.

    Paging Dr Rydze….

    9 31 Rate This

    Dr Rydze left the team in 2007. Since then we are 93-50. Won a super bowl and appeared in another. So since you enjoy bringing up the doctor so much, I’d like to say thanks for finding the problem. 🙂

  12. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    August 5, 2017 at 10:44 pm
    36-17.

    Tee hee 🙂

    11 19 Rate This

    Tee Hee, since 1970 merger, The Steelers post the most regular season wins, most playoff appearances, most playoff wins, most division titles, and most importantly, most super bowl wins. I get it know why Patriot fans are so loud and obnoxious about winning, it’s still a new feeling. While what you guys have done since 2001 is still an amazing feat, you still have over 30 years to maintain it. The Steelers have been competitive for half a century now. Tee Hee , have a good day 🙂

  13. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    August 5, 2017 at 10:58 pm
    The Ravens own the North. Division champs this year.

    Steelers miss the playoffs in 2017. Too bad…the World Champion Patriots were looking forward to dishing out another well deserved beatdown to the black and gold.

    Paging Dr Rydze….

    10 31 Rate This

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    Since 2000 the Ravens have won the north 4 times to the Steelers 8. Now remind me who owns the north? Also the federal government did a pretty deep investigation on Dr. Rydze. You know what hey found? Zero ties to any Steelers in fact it was college athletes mostly. Let me guess bough the Federal Goverment loves the Steelers and is covering it up.

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