Soldier Field grass in rough shape before Bears’ preseason opener

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The grass at Soldier Field is in rough shape today, just an hour before the Bears’ preseason opener against the Chiefs.

Pictures on social media show the grass with divots and pockmarks, with the field in the kind of condition that often leads players to complain — and sometimes leads to injuries.

Bears kicker Cairo Santos raised the issue of the grass this week, saying after the team practiced at Soldier Field that bad footing was one of the things he routinely has to prepare for because of the poor quality grass.

The Bears are planning to leave Soldier Field and move to the suburbs, where they’ll build their own stadium that likely will have an artificial surface. The grass isn’t the primary reason the Bears are leaving, but it’s among the many issues the Bears have with the city-owned Soldier Field.

21 responses to “Soldier Field grass in rough shape before Bears’ preseason opener

  1. Perhaps some Bears fans could educate me on this. Why are the field conditions at Soldier Field a problem year after year?

  2. This is a serious embarrassment.
    It’s August, not November, how can the field of a professional football team be in this bad of shape before the season even starts.

  3. Just the city of chicago doing typical chicago things. The mayor really messed this one up. Good job Bears for moving! From a Pack fan.

  4. This is a serious embarrassment.
    It’s August, not November, how can the field of a professional football team be in this bad of shape before the season even starts.

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    They could just let weeds grow and it would be in better shape!!

  5. What an absolute disgrace. They may as well play all their home games in Europe. Time to sell, Virginia. It’s too late for you, and your kids are like Spaulding from Caddy Shack.

  6. New GM, new Head coach, new off. and def. coordinators, same old Bears. Given today’s showing those 6 and 11 forecasts seem awfully optimistic. If only the field condition was the Bears big problem.

  7. Wafflestomp says:
    August 13, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    This is a serious embarrassment.
    It’s August, not November, how can the field of a professional football team be in this bad of shape before the season even starts.

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    The City of Chicago (Park District) owns the venue. Should be enough said for you to understand.

  8. “..Chicago leadership failing? Well ya, we see it time and time again…”

    The Mayor of Chicago in on the groundskeeping crew?

  9. democratsruinedchicago says:
    August 13, 2022 at 2:33 pm
    Wafflestomp says:
    August 13, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    This is a serious embarrassment.
    It’s August, not November, how can the field of a professional football team be in this bad of shape before the season even starts.

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    The City of Chicago (Park District) owns the venue. Should be enough said for you to understand.
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    Oh, I do understand. Fully.
    Where in my post did I lay blame solely at the Bears feet.
    Whether it’s the organization, the city themselves, they should both be mortified at the playing conditions of this professional team.
    And visiting teams should have serious reservations about subjecting their expensive assets to playing on that surface.

  10. I agree completely with your points, just want to make an example of how horrible the leadership is in Chicago. Beautiful city and venue on the lake that is a disaster!

  11. Such a cool location . It’s a shame the remodel (which apparently won’t be fully paid for 10 more years), and the yearly field conditions, are such disasters.

  12. Oh please, the field is in poor condition….what a bunch of babies on here. Sounds like a bunch of whiny Packer fans!

  13. A pock-marked field with divots and loose turf makes sense in January. But in August, for the first game? They need to hire a professional groundskeeper. If Green Bay can maintain a highly playable field all year, Chicago has no excuse.

  14. Soldier Field had a concert with 80,000 fans in attendance prior to the game. Does anyone even think anymore?

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