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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Black and Blue all over: Soldier Field turf

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

MIAMI -- Will the arrival of offensive coordinator Mike Martz lead to a turf swap at Soldier Field? Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune broaches that question Wednesday, and I think it’s an excellent idea.

The current grass field has to be re-sodded several times during the regular season and is annually rated as one of the NFL’s worst in a poll of players. Replacing it with FieldTurf would cost the Chicago Park District $1.5 million, but obviously wouldn’t require six-figure replacements and would pay for itself in a couple of years.

As important, it would provide a more consistent and faster surface for Martz’s offense. The Bears have always considered the dirt/grass field a home-field advantage, but it might be time to consider what is best for their own team as well. Tight end Desmond Clark, among others, have long advocated for change.

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