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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?

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Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)
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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.

A full list of NFL stadiums and their grass type:

  • Arizona Cardinals, State Farm Stadium, Bermuda grass
  • Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, FieldTurf Revolution
  • Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium, Bermuda grass
  • Buffalo Bills, Highmark Stadium, A-Turf Titan 50
  • Carolina Panthers, Bank of America Stadium, FieldTurf
  • Chicago Bears, Soldier Field, Kentucky bluegrass
  • Cincinnati Bengals, Paul Brown Stadium, UBU Speed Series S5-M Synthetic Turf
  • Cleveland Browns, FirstEnergy Stadium, Kentucky bluegrass
  • Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium, Hellas Matrix Turf
  • Denver Broncos, Empower Field at Mile High, Kentucky bluegrass
  • Detroit Lions, Ford Field, FieldTurf Classic HD
  • Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field, Desso GrassMaster
  • Houston Texans, NRG Stadium, Hellas Matrix Turf
  • Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium, Shaw Sports Momentum Pro
  • Jacksonville Jaguars, TIAA Bank Field, Bermuda grass
  • Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium, Bermuda grass
  • Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Stadium, Bermuda grass
  • Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, SoFi Stadium, Hellas Matrix Turf
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Raymond James Stadium, Bermuda grass
  • Tennessee Titans, Nissan Stadium, Bermuda grass
  • Washington Football Team, FedExField, Bermuda grass
  • New Orleans Saints, Caesars Superdome, FieldTurf Revolution 360
  • New York Giants, New York Jets, MetLife Stadium, UBU Sports Speed Series S5-M Synthetic Turf
  • Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field, Desso GrassMaster
  • Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field, Kentucky bluegrass
  • San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s Stadium, Bermuda grass, Perennial Ryegrass mixture
  • Seattle Seahawks, Lumen Field, FieldTurf Revolution 360
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