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The Bears ‘Greatest Show’ won’t be on turf

Forget about the Bears putting turf in at Soldier Field, as was talked about before, as the team will stick with grass for now and it sounds like for the future at their home stadium:

If Mike Martz’s arrival in Chicago leads to a reincarnation of the Greatest Shown on Turf, the offense will have to get a new name. It will have to be called the Greatest Shown on Natural Grass.

That is because the Bears have made a decision not to switch to an artificial surface at Soldier Field, something that has been discussed in the past year. Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune reports that team president Ted Phillips recently met with Chicago Park District general superintendent Tim Mitchell and instructed him the team is not ready to make a change.

“The Chicago Bears will always put a premium on player safety,” Phillips said in a statement to the Tribune. “Each year we will continue to discuss the pros and cons of grass and infill surfaces, and then make a decision.”

The Bears say they are waiting a completed league study to look at injuries incurred by players on infill playing surfaces. The park district, which owns and operates the stadium, was interested in a change despite a busy summer schedule.


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