Bears to play Packers on newly-sodded Soldier Field

September 21, 2011

Michell Eloy

The Chicago Bears will have new grass to play on this Sunday, just in time for their game against Green Bay.

Last season, the field drew complaints from both opposing teams and the Bears for being hard to play on and having ruts. In August, the Bears had to cancel a practice session, because the turf was deemed unsafe for players.

The organization that manages Soldier Field announced in August it was changing vendors, but was sticking with natural grass. Bears' head groundskeeper Ken Mrock says that more sand in the new grass will help keep the field dry.

“When we go into this fall season, when we have rain and things like that – and snow – and this field is heated, we can melt that and let it drain through, so that it gets off the top layer and it keeps the surface playable and safe,” Mrock said in a press briefing.

Soldier Field was scheduled to be re-sodded before the Bears' home opener against the Atlanta Falcons. The Bears and field management deemed the turf safe for play before that game and agreed to postpone the re-sodding until this week.