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#pounditSaturday, April 13, 2024

Look: Soldier Field looks embarrassing for Bears’ preseason opener

Soldier Field turf

Soldier Field is hosting a preseason NFL game on Saturday, but it certainly does not look ready to do so.

Chicago Sun-Times writer Jason Lieser shared a series of photos of the Soldier Field playing surface ahead of Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The grass was dried up and patchy, and in some places it looked completely torn up.

Bears staffers were trying to fill divots on the field as late as a half hour before kickoff.

Things did not look quite as bad on the TV broadcast during the game, but even there it hardly looked ideal.

Soldier Field hosted an Elton John concert last week, which definitely had some impact on the turf. Whatever the reason, neither coach can feel great about playing any starters on a surface like that. It’s really quite embarrassing for an NFL stadium.

Worst of all for the Bears is that we could have seen this coming. Chicago kicker Cairo Santos said during the week that the turf he had been practicing on in the offseason was actually too nice compared to Soldier Field. That almost seemed like it had to be an exaggeration, but clearly it was not.

The Bears have been openly agitating for a new stadium for some time, and even former players are advocating that they do so. This will not hurt their argument.


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