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  1. A rather simple timeline on when teams played on artificial turf and how long they played their home games on those surfaces. From the original green carpet-like Astroturf to the more modern grass-like surfaces, such as Fieldturf. Most people already know the origins of the original AstroTurf and why it was created. I was rather shocked to learn that Chase Field in Arizona had switched their playing surface from grass to turf in 2019, in addition to the Marlins Park in Miami and the new stadium in Texas where the Rangers play had also adopted synthetic turf. I thought the Rays and the Blue Jays were left when it came to artificial turf in baseball. I’m only doing MLB and NFL teams. Way too many College football teams to count. If anyone wants to add college teams, CFL, or soccer, that’s fine. Correct me if there are errors. == MLB == 1966 (20 teams) NL - 1 team (Houston Astros) AL - 0 teams - The first season where the Astrodome had Astroturf (the stadium had grass in 1965) 1967 (20 teams) NL - 1 team (Houston Astros) AL - 0 teams 1968 (20 teams) NL - 1 team (Houston Astros) AL - 0 teams - The All-Star game was held at the Astrodome, making it the first such game to be played on artificial turf 1969 (24 teams) NL - 1 team (Houston Astros) AL - 1 team (Chicago White Sox, (infield only)) - The White Sox installed an Astroturf infield (called "SoxSod") at Comiskey Park but kept the outfield grass, the only MLB stadium to ever have this hybrid field. 1970 (24 teams) NL - 4 team (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates) AL - 1 team (Chicago White Sox, (infield only)) - The grass in St. Louis’ Busch Memorial Stadium (which opened in 1966) is replaced with Astroturf - Mid-season, the Cincinnati Reds moved to Riverfront Stadium - Mid-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates moved to Three Rivers Stadium - The All-Star game was held at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium - A World Series game is played on artificial turf for the first time when the Reds hosted the Orioles 1971 (24 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies) AL - 1 team (Chicago White Sox, (infield only)) - The Philadelphia Phillies move to Veterans Stadium. - the playing surface in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park (which opened in 1960) switched from grass to Astroturf - The Pirates hosted the Orioles in the World Series 1972 (24 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies) AL - 1 team (Chicago White Sox, (infield only)) - The Reds hosted the Athletics in the World Series 1973 (24 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies) AL - 2 teams (Chicago White Sox (infield only), Kansas City Royals) - The Kansas City Royals moved to Royals Stadium (now Kauffman Stadium), being the first AL team to play their home games on an all-Astroturf field. - The All-Star Game was held at Kansas City’s Royals Stadium (now Kauffman Stadium), the first time an American League park with artificial turf hosted the All-Star game. 1974 (24 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies) AL - 2 teams (Chicago White Sox (infield only), Kansas City Royals) - The All-Star game was held at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium 1975 (24 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies) AL - 2 teams (Chicago White Sox (infield only), Kansas City Royals) - The Reds hosted the Red Sox in the World Series 1976 (24 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies) AL - 1 team (Kansas City Royals) - The Astroturf infield in Comiskey Park is removed and replaced with grass - The All-Star game was held at Philadelphia’s Veteran Stadium - The Reds hosted the Yankees in the World Series 1977 (26 teams) NL - 7 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 3 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays) - Both AL expansion teams, the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays, play their home games on Astroturf (Kingdome & Exhibition Stadium respectively) 1978 (26 teams) NL - 7 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 3 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays) 1979 (26 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 3 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays) - Candlestick Park switched back to grass - The All-Star game was played at Seattle’s Kingdom - The Pirates hosted the Orioles in the World Series 1980 (26 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 3 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays) - The first all-Astroturf World Series (Royals vs Phillies) occurs 1981 (26 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 3 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays) 1982 (26 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 4 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) - The Minnesota Twins move into the Metrodome - The All-Star Game was played at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium - The Cardinals hosted the Brewers in the World Series 1983 (26 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 4 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) - The Phillies hosted the Orioles in the World Series 1984 (26 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 4 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) 1985 (26 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 4 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) - The All-Star Game was played at Minnesota’s Metrodome - the 2nd time an all-astroturf World Series occurs (Royals vs Cardinals) 1986 (26 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 4 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) - The All-Star Game was played at Houston’s Astrodome for the 2nd and final time 1987 (26 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 4 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) - The 3rd time an all-astroturf World Series occurs (Twins vs Cardinals) 1988 (26 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 4 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) - The All-Star game was held at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium for the 2nd and final time 1989 (26 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 4 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) - mid-season, the Toronto Blue Jays moved to the Skydome (now Rogers Centre), which also had Astroturf like its predecessor Exhibition Stadium. 1990 (26 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 4 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) - The Reds hosted the Athletics in the World Series 1991 (26 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 4 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) - The All-Star Game was played at Toronto’s Skydome (now Rogers Centre) - The Twins hosted the Braves in the World Series 1992 (26 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 4 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) -- The Blue Jays hosted the Braves in the World Series 1993 (28 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 4 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) - The 4th (and what would be final) time an all-Astroturf World Series occurs (Blue Jays vs Phillies). In additional, this would be final World Series to be played on the original Astroturf. 1994 (28 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 4 teams (Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) - The All-Star game was held at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium for the 2nd and final time 1995 (28 teams) NL - 6 teams (Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 3 teams (Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) - The playing surface in Royals/Kauffman Stadium changes to grass 1996 (28 teams) NL - 5 teams (Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 3 teams (Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) - Busch Memorial Stadium switches back to a grass playing field (the first since 1969). - The All-Star game was held at Philadelphia’s Veteran Stadium for the 2nd and final time. In addition, this would be final time a ballpark with Astroturf would host the All-Star game 1997 (28 teams) NL - 5 teams (Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 3 teams (Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins) 1998 (30 teams) NL - 5 teams (Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 4 teams (Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays) - The Tampa Bay Rays debuted and played at Tropicana Field, which unlike the other Astroturf stadiums had a all-dirt infield instead of just sliding pads/dirt cut outs. 1999 (30 teams) NL - 5 teams (Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos) AL - 3 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays) - Mid-Season, the Seattle Mariners move from Kingdom (turf) to Safeco Field (grass)
  2. My Alma mater, Coastal Carolina University has added teal turf to it's football field. Here are the results...