Soldier Field is an iconic stadium, home to one of the founding NFL teams it is the oldest stadium in the NFL. The once great stadium has stood the test of time but barely. The stadium has over the last decade received quite a fair bit of criticism and the Bears have been on the lookout for a change.
Recently Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled an ambitious $2.2 billion plan for the stadium’s renovations to prevent Bears from moving to Arlington Heights. The stadium is once again under scrutiny when the Chicago Bears and the Kansas City Chiefs faced each other in a pre season game and the turf on the field was found to be riddled with divots and pockmarks.
JC Tretter displeased with Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field
Such conditions are not ideal for play and have been known to result in injuries and have always been a bone of contention because of which the NFL has put checkpoints in place for field conditions.
The Bears thus needed to submit grass reports to the NFL and the field was deemed to have met the NFL standards. But NFL players union president JC Tretter wasn’t much too pleased with the condition of the turf and said that the NFL can do better. NFL Players Association President JC Tretter was not happy with it at all and expressed his displeasure via a tweet-
As NFLPA president it’s Tretter’s job to worry about player safety and as Tretter pointed out these conditions can be detrimental to players performance and safety-“The NFL said that this field met minimum testing standards. We clearly need to re-evaluate what is an acceptable surface for players to compete on. We need new testing metrics looking at the performance and safety of every field. The NFL can and should do better.”
Tretter also questioned NFL”s minimum testing standards and how they need to reconsider what should be deemed acceptable. Tretter wasn’t alone.
Even the Chiefs head coach Andy Reid took a dig at the the conditions-
The NFL season opener is less than a month away before that let’s see if the Bears can do something about the conditions and what will be NFL’s response to Tretter’s tweet.