We need to talk about how it affects everyone and not just Bismarck as well. I am not sure about their training, but I think most of their training takes place on grass. Is that correct? While only three of their ten games would have been played on grass (mandan, minot, and jamestown). Game preparation could hurt the Bismarck teams dramatically.
What if we talk about the other teams in the west? Minot beat Bismarck there handidly, but lost to Century and St. Mary's... would those games be any different if played on grass and would minot be the subsequent number one seed? Jamestown as well... I know they got beat up pretty bad agains century and st. mary's, but that team is just not suited for the turf. Minot is a bit more suited for it, but affects them because of the inability to train on it none the less. When Jamestown played Bismarck they very well handled the game in every aspect but the score... that is soccer, yes, but could some of that be due to turf. Having the four seed obviously did not affect them much, but it could have helped minot as far as the state tournament goes.
We talk about how the bismarck teams do bad at the state tournament, but St. Mary's has never done well, even when it was in bismarck. Century has a tradition of doing well and I believe fourth is about where they should have ended up in the state.
It is certainly a matter of discussion and in my honest opinion, if the city has the ability to play on grass, soccer should be played there.