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Atlanta Dan
04-14-2007, 11:52 AM
For the first time since the WPIAL started playing its football finals at Heinz Field in 2001, the Steelers and Pitt are scheduled to play home games in the same weekend. With Pitt slated to play Saturday, Nov. 24, and the Steelers on Monday night, Nov. 26, the four WPIAL championship games are tentatively scheduled for Friday, Nov. 23.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/highschool/football/s_502657.html

Can you imagine what the field will look like by the Monday night game? I am glad the last of the 6 games in 3 days will be on national TV - after playing that game in what I assume will be complete slop maybe the league will tell the Rooneys to drop the "old school" attitude and force FieldTurf to be installed.

Of course maybe this is a sinister master plan to have the field so slow for the Monday night game against the Dolphins that Porter will be unable to turn the corner and embarrass the Steelers by having a big night. :smile:

The Duke
04-14-2007, 12:25 PM
after playing that game in what I assume will be complete slop maybe the league will tell the Rooneys to drop the "old school" attitude and force FieldTurf to be installed.

:smile:

I was hoping for the field turf before the start of the season :banging:

steelersfanman92
04-14-2007, 01:17 PM
I was hoping for the field turf before the start of the season :banging:

I like the fact that the Steelers have real grass, the effects that it causes are one of the best parts of football. The domes and astroturf are ruining the game football is ment to be played outside in the elements.

SteelCityMan786
04-14-2007, 02:16 PM
Ok I'll say this again. Football was made to be played on what field

GRASS. ok I thought that sunk in with everyone.

Pitt should NEVER have knocked down Pitt Stadium and the Steelers should NOT have been told they have to share Heinz Field with Pitt. attendance at Pitt Football Games can barely reach 20,000 on some occassions. Haven't they learned from schools such as Penn State, WVU, etc. that have fields ON THEIR CAMPUS. You'll get fans to go to your games if your field is on campus. Students will more then likely go when their field is on campus. Penn State has sold out all of it's students sections seats for years. If Pitt figures out how to get their own stadium on Campus, then maybe they can get sold out crowds and they can also move the WPIAL championships there.

Anyway as for Thanksgiving weekend, that might be one of my weekends in Pittsburgh. My High School Football team made it to the first round of the PIAA class AAA playoffs last year before be escorted out by Oliver. I'll be playing for the team this year to. So, I'll be far away from where the WPIAL finals will be at. One thing it did make me realize.

WPIAL always fairs out better then the CITY LEAGUE.

Atlanta Dan
04-14-2007, 02:56 PM
But they do not play on GRASS by November - by that point they are playing in MUD.

If that field was playable year round it would be a totally different matter, but given the use that field gets (and since the taxpayers footed the bill they have every right to expect Pitt and the high schools get access to the field) the Rooneys need to admit they cannot maintain a grass field and go the route the Bengals, Ravens, and even the Pats finally have gone and put in something such as FieldTurf.

polamalufan43
04-14-2007, 02:58 PM
I'm not really sure what they should play on. There are advantages and disavandtages with turf and grass.

~Polamalufna43:tt02:

OneForTheToe
04-14-2007, 06:59 PM
We have had this debate before and my opinion didn't change. Taxpayer money was used to build it so let the kids come and play. I do think field truf would be the best choice, but I'll take the painted mud over that old Astro Turf.

Sharkissle29
04-14-2007, 07:40 PM
i love the fact that we play on grass, thats how football is supposed to be played. astroturf/fieldturf should be banned in football. field turf does look nice, but honestly who cares....its football

Borski
04-14-2007, 08:23 PM
Grass would normally be better, but with the conditions at Heinz Field I think Field Turf would be a better option, looks and plays like real grass, it is not astroturf.

with the wear and tear Heinz Field take, a few weeks into the season it will be Heinz muddy Lot

Godfather
04-14-2007, 09:31 PM
Pitt should NEVER have knocked down Pitt Stadium and the Steelers should NOT have been told they have to share Heinz Field with Pitt. attendance at Pitt Football Games can barely reach 20,000 on some occassions. Haven't they learned from schools such as Penn State, WVU, etc. that have fields ON THEIR CAMPUS. You'll get fans to go to your games if your field is on campus. Students will more then likely go when their field is on campus. Penn State has sold out all of it's students sections seats for years. If Pitt figures out how to get their own stadium on Campus, then maybe they can get sold out crowds and they can also move the WPIAL championships there.


Tulane made the same mistake--tearing down the Sugar Bowl and moving to the Superdome. Only about 3 miles away but it made a huge difference. I've seen actual attendance of as little as 3000 at their games.

ChronoCross
04-14-2007, 09:47 PM
Like some I feel the same. We have so much traffic on heinz field that we actually need to change to field turf. The field looks worse every season, and they are having more troubles taking care of it as time goes on.

Preacher
04-14-2007, 10:12 PM
I just think it is interesting that since we have moved to the reg. grass... we have not heard of a knee injury... am I wrong?

Reg. grass seems to release the cleats faster then anything else.

I didn't check the stats... but when was the last knee injury... and on what field?

tony hipchest
04-14-2007, 11:50 PM
I just think it is interesting that since we have moved to the reg. grass... we have not heard of a knee injury... am I wrong?

Reg. grass seems to release the cleats faster then anything else.

I didn't check the stats... but when was the last knee injury... and on what field?verron haynes tore up his knee in oakland last year. they play on a baseball field that is grass and dirt (much like heinz)

Preacher
04-15-2007, 12:00 AM
verron haynes tore up his knee in oakland last year. they play on a baseball field that is grass and dirt (much like heinz)

Yeah... but that is Oakland... and that is a combo field. Wonder where it happened... and furthermore... is it possible that the Steelers FO was tired of thier guys ripping up thier knees... and purposely put in a looser sod?!

SteelerFanInCA
04-18-2007, 04:56 PM
Man, that field is going to look like a parking lot after all those games. Hopefully nobody gets hurt from such an awful playing surface.