Emanuel weighs in on Soldier Field turf

August 9, 2011

(WBEZ/Tony Arnold)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is weighing in on the long-standing controversy over the turf at Soldier Field. The field is run by the city's park district and is made of grass instead of artificial turf.

Last week, the Chicago Bears canceled an open practice at the stadium, blaming poor field conditions. Emanuel told reporters Tuesday the park district is looking into the matter.

"I want the players and the teams that come and the fans that want to go to the Soldier Field to find a method, or, actually, a facility that is reliable," he said at a news conference on an unrelated matter.

Bears' players have openly complained about playing on grass, saying there are too many divots. The Park District has said the field will be ready for the Bears' first pre-season game on Saturday.