Heinz Field is used to be used and abused. Almost yearly the turf is ranked one of the worst in the NFL, although the organization has started to climb out of that cellar due to some drastic measures being taken on the surface itself throughout the year.
With the City of Pittsburgh, and taxpayer money, helping to fund the building of the stadium in 2001, the facility shares duties with several entities. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh both call it home. The stadium hosts the WPIAL playoffs every year. Concerts are held there throughout the summer, and now it might even be used as a neutral field contest in Week 1 of the regular season.
With Hurricane Irma looking as if it will hit Florida, and cause quite a bit of damage, the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers game has been moved. Where? No one knows right now, but Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are two cities being tossed around right now.
Two sources involved in Bucs-Dolphins say prepared to play Pittsburgh/Philly, but concern exists. “What if (storm) really bad?” one said.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 6, 2017
Again, if you are looking at this situation from a turf standpoint, it would be wise for the game to be played in Philadelphia over Pittsburgh. Heinz Field simply has so much wear-and-tear on it that another NFL game could even further deteriorate the field conditions.
However, as you look at weather predictions for Hurricane Irma, the fact the teams are even able to get out, and hopefully plenty of fans as well, should be viewed as a victory.
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