Players rate Soldier Field among worst grass
Players rate Soldier Field among worst grass fields
DALLAS -- An NFL Players Association survey of 1,619 players released Thursday ranked Soldier Field the third-worst natural grass field in the league, putting the home of the Chicago Bears ahead of only the Oakland Coliseum and Pittsburgh's Heinz Field.
The Arizona Cardinals' University of Phoenix Stadium was voted the best of the NFL's 18 grass fields, beating out the home stadiums of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers.
Oddly, in a separate "Best Fields" ranking, Soldier Field was voted second-worst, with Heinz Field -- the lowest-rated field in the "Worst Fields" rankings -- moving up to the No. 16 slot.
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis was voted to have the best artificial surface, with the Minneapolis Metrodome being labeled the worst.
Nearly 90 percent of players polled believed artificial infill turf causes more soreness and fatigue than grass fields.