"The majority of our players have told us that they prefer natural grass to any artificial surface," club President Art Rooney II told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Monday, "and grass is also the preference of our coaches and athletic staff. We also discussed this with the University of Pittsburgh officials to make sure everyone is comfortable moving forward."
U of P Athletic Director Steve Pederson added: "We have had in-depth conversations about the playing surface at Heinz Field since the completion of the season. After that review, we all agreed that we are committed to a natural grass surface. We appreciate the great job the staff at Heinz Field has done to have the field ready for our games."