What NFL stadiums have real grass? What kind of grass do they have?
NFL Stadiums have featured artificial turf over the years, with more than half the franchises still using it. But where can you find real grass?
As of 2022, there are 14 NFL fields out of 30 that do not use real grass, meaning half of all teams in the NFL compete and practice on artificial turf. Remember that the Giants and Jets share the MetLife Stadium and the Rams and Chargers share the SoFi Stadium.
In comparison to the 90′s, today’s artificial turf is much safer than back then, but is still a long shot from natural grass, especially for NFL players’ preference. In 2020, following numerous players suffering injuries off artificial turf, NFL Players Association president JC Tretter advocated against the use of artificial turf. In a survey conducted by NFLPA regarding the use of turf vs. natural grass, nearly 93% of players listed artificial turf as an impediment to their careers, while 91% stated it made them feel more fatigued and sore.
Which NFL stadiums use natural grass?
The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers are two franchises that have stadiums in cold-weather climates, but also cultivate natural grass fields in both Lambeau and Heinz Field. Arizona and Las Vegas also avoid artificial turf, even with their indoor stadiums, and use Bermuda grass.
Arizona’s State Farm Stadium specifically has a retractable natural grass that can be removed whenever there are other events in the stadium, like soccer games or even concerts.
Other stadiums that use the same type of “Bermuda grass” are the Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium, and Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans and Washington Commanders have also cultivated the same grass surface in all three stadiums, Raymond James Stadium, Nissan Stadium and FedExField.
Last but not least, there are a few other stadiums inhabiting perennial, cool-season lawn grass called “Kentucky bluegrass”: Bears’ Soldier Field, Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium, and Broncos’ Empower Field.