Football Stadiums with Artificial Turf

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Artificial turf is an extremely useful and versatile material that is used in everything from soccer to baseball. But, how does it handle hard-hitting sports like football? It’s a good question, and the answer is: very well. Here, we’ll answer your artificial turf questions as well as providing info about the good ol’ National Football League’s use of it.

How many NFL stadiums have artificial turf?

The short answer is 14 stadiums. The longer answer is that of the 30 NFL stadiums in the U.S, 14 have synthetic turf, while 16 have a natural grass playing surface. 

 

The 14 NFL stadiums with turf are:

 

  • AT&T Stadium
  • CenturyLink Field
  • Edward Jones Dome
  • Ford Field
  • Georgia Dome
  • Gillette Stadium
  • Lucas Oil Stadium
  • M&T Bank Stadium
  • Mercedes-Benz Superdome
  • MetLife Stadium
  • NRG Stadium
  • Paul Brown Stadium
  • Ralph Wilson Stadium
  • U.S. Bank Stadium

 

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What kind of turf is in those stadiums?

FieldTurf is the most popular of the five turf distributors among the 14 turf stadiums. The turf used in different stadiums is often dependent on both the climate and the stadium design. Here’s an overview of each stadium and the team, artificial turf type, and climate related to it. 

1. AT&T Stadium

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Turf: Hellas Matrix Turf with Helix Soft Top

Climate: Humid subtropical with hot summers

2. Bank of America Stadium

Team: Carolina Panthers

Turf: FieldTurf

Climate: Cold and wet winters, hot and muggy summers 

3. CenturyLink Field

Team: Seattle Seahawks

Turf: FieldTurf Revolution 360

Climate: Cold and wet winters, rainy summers

4. Edward Jones Dome

Team: St. Louis Rams

Turf: GameDay 3D Synthetic Turf System

Climate: Humid subtropical with hot summers

5. Ford Field

Team: Detroit Lions

Turf: FieldTurf Classic HD system

Climate: Continental, with very cold winters and warm to hot summers

6. Georgia Dome

Team: Atlanta Falcons

Turf: FieldTurf CORE

Climate: Humid subtropical with hot summers

7. Gillette Stadium

Team: New England Patriots

Turf: FieldTurf CORE

Climate: Continental, with very cold winters and warm to hot summers

8. Lucas Oil Stadium

Team: Indianapolis Colts

Turf: FieldTurf

Climate: Continental, with very cold winters and warm to hot summers

9. Caesars Superdome

Team: New Orleans Saints

Turf: FieldTurf Revolution 360

Climate: Humid subtropical with hot summers

10. MetLife Stadium

Team: New York Giants and New York Jets

Turf: UBU Sports Speed Series S5-M

Climate: Continental, with very cold winters and warm to hot summers

11. NRG Stadium

Team: Houston Texans

Turf: Hellas Matrix Turf

Climate: Humid subtropical with hot summers

12. Paul Brown Stadium

Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Turf: UBU Speed Series S5-M Synthetic Turf

Climate: Continental, with very cold winters and warm to hot summer

13. Highmark Stadium

Team: Buffalo Bills

Turf: A-Turf Titan

Climate: Continental, with very cold winters and warm to hot summer

14. U.S. Bank Stadium

Team: Minnesota Vikings

Turf: UBU Speed Series S5-M

Climate: Continental, with very cold winters and warm to hot summer

Why turf for football stadiums?

While there are many reasons to consider artificial turf for a football stadium, it’s important to balance a number of factors. Artificial turf technology has dramatically improved over the past few decades, and while innovation continues, turf is becoming increasingly safer and more protective for players (which was not always the case).

1. Turf is Cost-Effective

In terms of cost, artificial turf stands far above natural grass, especially in drier and hotter climates. While the upfront cost of turf installation is higher than natural grass, turf maintenance and upkeep is dramatically lower than natural grass, even on fields that see a lot of play. While artificial turf has a higher upfront cost, it has lower maintenance costs year over year for labor, materials, and repairs.

2. Turf is Durable

Football fields get the wear and tear between players tackling and cleats running, jumping, and kicking, let alone exposure to UV and air pollution. Since turf fibers are synthetic, they can’t be crushed, torn, burned, or smothered the same way natural blades of grass can. Turf stays green and lush after hours of play over the span of years

3. Turf is Consistent 

Turf provides a consistent playing surface, which grass has to be carefully monitored for to be free of divots, gopher holes, and other issues. Natural grass requires a lot of maintenance to prevent brown and yellow spots, bald spots, or soggy spots, which can have a negative effect on the outcome of the game, and the reputation of the stadium and the team. Beyond the occasional refill of infill and spray of water, you don’t need to do much to keep it safe and level for players.

4. Turf is Attractive

Players and spectators spend a lot of time looking at the field, which is why the reputation of the stadium and the team rely on its appearance to be attractive, lush, and green. With turf you never have to worry about bald, yellow, or brown spots. 

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