Pitt, Syracuse give Heinz Field grass a tough test before Steelers game Sunday

AP

The grass that both the Steelers and University of Pittsburgh play on at Heinz Field has already been re-sodded once this season. The NFL has to hope it can hold up under tough circumstances.

That’s because Pitt and Syracuse are playing a game there today, a game with thunderstorms severe enough that they’re currently in a weather delay. Any time two teams play in conditions like that, there’s a risk of the grass getting chewed up.

And if the grass is chewed up today, there’s not much that can be done to have it in good shape for tomorrow, when the Steelers host the Falcons. That game kicks off at 1 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, and as of 3:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, the Pitt-Syracuse game still has to withstand a weather delay and play the second half.

Between Steelers games, Pitt games, high school games and other events at Heinz Field, the grass has been known to take a beating. The Steelers and Falcons will find out in pregame warmups tomorrow just how bad a beating it has taken today.

27 responses to “Pitt, Syracuse give Heinz Field grass a tough test before Steelers game Sunday

  1. Why is the NFL the only professional sports league that can’t keep it’s playing surface at professional sports league levels? Even considering all of this it shouldn’t be an issue. There are ways to deal with these problems all it takes is money, something I’m told repeatedly the NFL has plenty of.

  2. amurdora says:
    Why is the NFL the only professional sports league that can’t keep it’s playing surface at professional sports league levels?
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    Perhaps because neither the NFL nor the Pittsburgh Steelers own Heinz Field?
    While the Steelers made a large financial contribution, it’s still a publicly-owned facility that has every right to allow local high school and college teams to play on it.
    Should the PAC install field turf? Probably. I would. But if they insist on grass then it’s their business.
    If the Steelers or any other NFL team wants a certain playing surface and/or exclusive use rights to any stadium they are free to buy the land and fully finance and operate it themselves. If teams choose to lease while letting someone else assume the lion’s share of construction and on-going maintenance costs – and hold cities hostage with constant threats of moving — then they get what they get.

  3. learysdisciples says:
    Rain, players and grass don’t mix, who would have thought?
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    Funny, but they mixed just fine for the first 50-60 years of the NFL’s existence, when the elements and field conditions were considered part of the game, career-ending injuries were far fewer, and athletes were less concerned with a “fast track” and clean, dry uniforms.
    Please don’t respond with the old “safety” excuse. Ligament and tendon tears and other injuries have increased exponentially over the past 20 years. Given a choice, I’d much rather plant and cut on wet grass and soft turf with some give to it over the rigid, almost tacky properties of an artificial surface.

  4. dregonspengler says:
    October 6, 2018 at 4:37 pm
    learysdisciples says:

    Rain, players and grass don’t mix, who would have thought?
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    Funny, but they mixed just fine for the first 50-60 years of the NFL’s existence, when the elements and field conditions were considered part of the game, career-ending injuries were far fewer
    ————————————————————————————-
    Any data to back this up injury-free period of football? Or is this just utter nonsense you’ve decided to grace us with?

  5. carloswlassiter says:
    Any data to back this up injury-free period of football? Or is this just utter nonsense you’ve decided to grace us with?
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    I didn’t say it was “injury-free,” or anything of the sort. I said there were fewer of those types of injuries when most games were played on grass, and there are many studies that have shown that, plus I’ve been watching the game since the early 1960s and have seen it for myself.
    If you’ve watched the game any length of time at all then YOU know the number of ACL and Achilles tears has increased greatly over the past few seasons. If you want to read the studies, look them up yourself. I won’t do your researched for you.

  6. Turf should be standard issue in all NFL stadiums. Set the spec as to what it should be. Bid and install. Same time for all fields and replace all at same time after useful life ends. This Pittsburgh field condition circus should end.

  7. Lambeau field has a natural grass with a synthetic weave turf hybrid. So you get a grass field that doesnt get muddy or tore up. No clue why all outdoor stadiums dont use the same…

  8. hagemeisterpark920 says:
    Lambeau field has a natural grass with a synthetic weave turf hybrid. So you get a grass field that doesnt get muddy or tore up. No clue why all outdoor stadiums dont use the same…

    ^Bingo!

  9. another topic though in that game college once again showed the NFL how OT should be played!

  10. A Steelers home game the same weekend as a college team holds a game on the same field? That is great thought in scheduling. Couldn’t have the college game during an away weekend or bye week. Pffft

  11. Its asinine to schedule that many games on a natural grass field. No way it holds up. We’re talking Pittsburgh, not Southern California.

  12. The pittsburgh steelers front office/coaches/players aren’t gonna complain.

    A crappy/lumpy field might help slow down Atlanta’s 6th ranked offense
    against pittsburgh’s crappy 29th ranked PASS Defense.

    It might get someone injured, too.

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