WBEZ | turf http://www.wbez.org/tags/turf Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Emanuel weighs in on Soldier Field turf http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-weighs-soldier-field-turf-90313 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//IMG_6413.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>"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.</p><p>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.</p></p> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 19:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-weighs-soldier-field-turf-90313 Soldier Field groundskeeper says turf is ready for playoff game http://www.wbez.org/story/cdata/soldier-field-groundskeeper-says-turf-ready-playoff-game <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//IMG_6805.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The head groundskeeper at Soldier Field says the turf is ready for Sunday's Bears playoff game.</p><p>Soldier Field is one of the last in the NFL to use real grass instead of artificial turf. Add to that hard surface the fact that Soldier Field is open to the air and not in a dome, and you have a recipe for players to complain about the conditions of the field. Earlier this season, Bears' Quarterback Jay Cutler said Soldier Field was one of the worst football fields in the NFL.</p><p>Groundskeeper John Nolan jokingly said he tried not to let the criticism get to him.</p><p>&quot;My steering wheel gets beat up a few times when I'm driving,&quot; Nolan said. &quot;But normally it comes with the job so we deal with it.&quot;</p><p>Nolan said the turf is as playable as it can be for the middle of January. He said it's been completely re-sodded in preparation for Sunday's game.</p><p>The Bears face off against the Seattle Seahawks at noon.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Sat, 15 Jan 2011 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/cdata/soldier-field-groundskeeper-says-turf-ready-playoff-game Soldier Field grounds crew fires back about quality of turf http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-bears/soldier-field-grounds-crew-fires-back-about-quality-turf <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//IMG_6413.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The groundskeeper at Soldier Field is defending the turf before Sunday's Bears' game against the New England Patriots.</p><p>Bears' Quarterback Jay Cutler this week said Soldier Field has one of the worst playing surfaces in the league.</p><p>Groundskeeper John Nolan says the field has been re-sodded and is ready for the game.</p><p>&quot;You know, it's Chicago. It's cold. It rains. It snows,&quot;&nbsp;Nolan said. &quot;Come out here Sunday, it's supposed to be about 40 mile an hour winds and about 20 degrees. I'm sure they'll have fun with that.&quot;</p><p>Nolan says Soldier Field's turf is comparable to any other field in the NFL. The head of the company managing Solider Field's turf says crews re-sod the field at least three times during the football season.</p></p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 18:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-bears/soldier-field-grounds-crew-fires-back-about-quality-turf