Urlacher Makes Plea for FieldTurf

LB Brian Urlacher (Scott Boehm/Getty)

After the recent Family Night debacle, in which more than 10,000 fans never got a chance to watch the team practce, Brian Urlacher calls for officials to re-evaluate Soldier Field turf.

If Bears players had any say in the surface on which they competed, the "grass" at Soldier Field would have already been dug up and replaced with FieldTurf.

The 10,000 fans who purchased tickets for Friday night's Family Fest at Soldier Field were understandably upset when the practice was canceled. Unsafe playing conditions arose when dangerous seams occurred between rolls of recently laid sod, the result of a lack of water.

"It was a joke," said Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. "I don't understand how they can't have the field ready. It (stinks) for the fans because I'm sure it was a pain in the butt to get down there with all the (Lollapalooza) traffic and everything. But I think coach (Lovie Smith) did the right thing not letting us practice on that stuff. We ended up getting a late practice in (Friday) night (at Olivet Nazarene University), but it's just too bad that it had to be that way."

The installation of FieldTurf would eliminate situations like the one that existed Friday night and also the deplorable condition of the field that occurs near the end of every season.

"I don't understand why we don't have FieldTurf yet," Urlacher said. "We're a fast team. We play fast on FieldTurf. The injury issues aren't as bad as they used to be. They've gone down a lot in the last few years with the way they've made the turf, so I don't understand it. (We should) use our speed because we know we can run. Let us get out there and run."


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