View Full Version : Heinz Getting New Grass

11-23-2008, 10:09 AM
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Steelers' final two games at Heinz Field to be played on new grass
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers will play on a new field during their final two regular-season home games.

A new layer of grass will be laid atop the current playing surface at Heinz Field on Sunday, a few hours after completion of Saturday's four district high school football championship games. The new turf will be in place for the West Virginia-Pitt game on Friday afternoon.

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Mother Nature did not cooperate in 2007 when the Steelers replaced the grass at Heinz Field.

This is the second year in a row that the Steelers have paid to have new sod installed before the end of the season.

Last year, a new layer of grass was put down hours before two inches of rain drenched the field during a 3-0 Steelers win over Miami on Nov. 26, a game played in ankle-deep mud. Only the nose of the ball was visible after it was buried in the mush during a Steelers punt that wasn't fielded.

Heinz's hybrid grass surface held up much better this season, with bare patches between the hashmarks becoming visible only when the Steelers played two home games in five days last Sunday and Thursday. Counting the high school games, six games were scheduled at Heinz Field in a seven-day span.

With more than two weeks between home games, the Steelers chose to put down a new field well before their Dec. 7 game against Dallas.

Because Pitt also plays at Heinz Field, the stadium's grass surface gets more wear and tear than most other NFL stadiums. As many as 12 games not involving the Steelers are played there every season.

Steelers chairman Dan Rooney has resisted installing artificial turf because his players strongly favor playing on grass.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

Well, I guess we'll see if this scheme works any better than it did last year. It might have a chance if we all pray for NO RAIN. :lol:

stlrz d
11-23-2008, 10:39 AM

Just put in Field Turf and be done with it already.

11-23-2008, 10:57 AM
This is getting very predictable and tiresome..............

11-23-2008, 03:11 PM
Somebody posted in another thread ... we're more like the old "Greatest Show on Turf" than the old grind 'em out with Franco or the Bus rushing team - we probably want a fast field than a slow one.

So maybe real grass isn't our best friend anymore!

11-23-2008, 03:23 PM
Yeah, I don't understand this year in and year out. Remember when they actually put sand on the field one year? Put in the field turf like the one they put in Morgantown. It's nice stuff and soft as hell compared to the old snatch your foot and hold, hard astro turf. If you're gonna build a team around speed, then you need a fast surface, at least at home. And one more thing, how much money is the franchise wasting putting in new grass twice per year. And will the new stuff have a chance to even take hold in two weeks? I swear, the Rooneys must have a down and out family member running the ground and grass crew.


Steel Life
11-23-2008, 08:36 PM
You would think from an economic standpoint that the team would tire of this as their ROI is lost every year...it just doesn't make sense money-wise. :HeadBanger

Plus, the brass has to be tired of the field being considered the worst field to play on & the constant footage of the Miami slop game...they make fun of the team every time that comes up.

11-24-2008, 09:22 AM
I just realized that the new grass won't have two weeks to take hold because WVU and Pitt play there Friday. hmmmm......