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Heinz Field

November 24, 2008 - Seth Staskey
I am not a Steelers fan by any stretch. My favorite team is actually the best in the AFC right now despite suffering its first loss of the season. Anyway, that's another blog entry.

While not being a big Steelers' supporter, I am a fan of Heinz Field. Been there several times for games and/or concerts and truly enjoy the place. Great building. However, they are having to replace the sod on the field again.

Lets see, first and foremost it's the Steelers' stadium. Then Pittsburgh plays its six or seven home games on the field each year and then they play four prep games on it for the WPIAL Finals. If you're going to play, at least 10 Steeler games (Two Exhibition and possibly playoffs) plus at least six Pitt Panther games and then other events, go to artificial turf. Why waste money getting the field re-sodded when there's this great invention called turf.

Heck the Patriots had turf put down in their stadium in a matter of days and had it ready for the next week's game. It's definitely not a matter of money, so the cost of re-sodding isn't an issue either, but all of this hassle can be avoided.

Don't give me this stuff about playing football on grass is the way it should be. When you are in a cold-weather area, turf is the way to go. Ohio State saw the light and installed the carpet. Heck, even Martins Ferry, Steubenville and Wheeling Island have it.

We think turf is nearly a must at Heinz Field. Now that Dan Rooney is done campaigning for Obama and has the ownership figured out, he can take the time to realize that playing that many games on natural grass isn't going to cut it.


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