Bears forced to cancel Friday night's FanFest practice

Posted Aug. 05, 2011 @ 9:02 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Bears' FanFest practice scheduled for Soldier Field on Friday night was cancelled late Friday afternoon because of unsafe field conditions.

The team drove up from training camp in Bourbonnais, Ill., located about 60 miles south of Chicago, for the annual practice at the Bears' home stadium. However, Bears officials, including head coach Lovie Smith and GM Jerry Angelo, determined that the field was unplayable.

Officials from Soldier Field, the Chicago Park District (which manages the stadium and field) and the Bears huddled at the middle of the stadium before making the announcement.

"Over the last few weeks, we've had some extreme heat conditions,'' Soldier Field GM Tim LeFevour said. "It was a miscalculation on our ground crew's part. They did not get enough water on the field. Some of the seams opened up. It's not an issue or concern with next week's game (the preseason opener against the Bills is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13). We know it can be corrected. But in the best interest of the team tonight, it was the right move to send them back to Bourbonnais to practice.''

The team headed back to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais around 6 p.m. for a closed night practice.