Bears to get new turf this season

August 26, 2011

AP Staff

(AP/Kiichiro Sato)

Soldier Field officials say they're working with the Chicago Bears to make sure a new field is installed in time for the team's Sept. 11 home opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Bears canceled a practice earlier this month because the field's turf was deemed unsafe for players. On Thursday, officials with Soldier Field said they're working with an agronomist and a vendor preferred by the team to install a new natural grass field.

The field will be installed over Labor Day weekend. Officials say it "will best suit the team and will ensure the players' comfort."

Soldier Field officials also asked the NFL's Super Bowl groundskeeper to lend his expertise.

The field is owned and maintained by the Chicago Park District. The Bears have a lease to play there.