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Old 01-30-2008, 10:03 PM   #1
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Steelers remove Heinz Field sod
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


The Steelers are tearing out the grass at Heinz Field, but not because they have decided to install an artificial surface.

Less than a month after their season ended at home with a playoff defeat to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Steelers are removing the sod that was laid over their primary DDGrassMaster surface in November in an attempt to make the field more playable and presentable.

It does not mean they have made any final decision to replace their grass field, which includes small synthetic fibers, with some type of artificial surface. The discussion to switch to another surface has been on-going among the Steelers hierarchy and a decision will be made shortly.

"That was something we had to do anyway," said Steelers spokesman Dave Lockett. "No decision has been made in regard to what we will do with the field."

The Steelers installed the sod, at a cost of $150,000, in an attempt to improve the field. But, because the sod covered the drainage system that was installed with the original surface, Heinz Field was turned into a soggy, muddy mess when the first game on the sod -- Nov. 26 against the Miami Dolphins -- was plagued by a severe thunderstorm.

Many of the Steelers players and Coach Mike Tomlin are in favor of retaining a grass surface at Heinz Field, primarily because it reduces the amount of stress on joints.
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the players are the ones playing on the field... if they want grass give 'em grass
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Old 01-30-2008, 10:54 PM   #3
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Give up the grass experiment already. Turf please!
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Don't matter to me lets play some football.
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[QUOTE=Rhee Rhee;361952]the players are the ones playing on the field... if they want grass give 'em grass[/QUOTE]

Ricky Williams will agree with that,
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Give up the grass experiment already. Turf please!
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I also think grass is better for the players. But when good grass turns to mush, that only is not good for the players, but its really not good for the game. There is just no way to keep the grass in playing condition with high school games played there. As long as the high school games are there, they have to bring in the turf.
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I also think grass is better for the players. But when good grass turns to mush, that only is not good for the players, but its really not good for the game. There is just no way to keep the grass in playing condition with high school games played there. As long as the high school games are there, they have to bring in the turf.
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You know, after we demolished Three Rivers and moved into Hienz field with the grass field.....We've kind of been good.
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This player got hurt on turf....that player got hurt on grass.....this player ruined his career on grass...that ruined his career on turf. What do they all have in common? It's called football and injuries are going to occur regardless of the surface. Will we ever get over this?
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