PITTSBURGH (KDKA)- It’s not an uncommon problem at Heinz Field.
It seems like every year around this time, the natural grass playing field surface begins to come apart just as the stadium is about to be at its busiest.
The Rooneys like to wait until after the high school playoffs to make their annual repairs between the hash marks.
With rain in the forecast for Thanksgiving Day and Friday, that means some sloppy football for the Backyard Brawl.
“It gets, it has some wear and tear obviously but we line up and play,” Dave Wannstedt, Pitt’s head football coach, said. “I wouldn’t even comment on it, whatever the conditions both teams gotta play on it.”
“The turf is the turf – it’s going to be bad but you don’t see a lot of guys getting hurt like you do on the astro turf – the grass it’s better for the players and they need to keep it as grass,” Corey Urse said.
That’s the reason the Rooneys have stood fast on their turf because their players like it and once the switch is made, the complaints should subside.
The Steelers declined to comment on the turf. The turf will have time to root before the Steelers play on the field Dec. 12 against Cincinnati.
New England and Oakland filed complaints with the NFL about the turf at Heinz Field. The NFL Network reported that the league will be monitoring the turf conditions at Heinz Field.