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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)

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2000 (30 teams)

NL - 3 teams (Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos)

AL - 3 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

- The Houston Astros moved from the Astrodome (turf) to Enron Field/Minute Made Park (grass)

- The playing surface in Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field switches from turf to grass

- Tropicana Field replaces Astroturf with FieldTurf, the first MLB ballpark to have the surface installed.

 

2001 (30 teams)

NL - 2 teams (Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos)

AL - 3 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

- The Pittsburgh Pirates move from Three Rivers Stadium (turf) to PNC Park (grass)

- The Astroturf in Veterans Stadium is replaced with NexTurf, a softer version of artificial turf.

 

2002 (30 teams)

NL - 2 teams (Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos)

AL - 3 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

- Olympic Stadium playing surface switched from Astroturf to Defargo Astrograss.  As a result, no NL team played its home games on the original Astroturf.

 

2003 (30 teams)

NL - 2 teams (Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos)

AL - 3 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

- Montreal Expos begin to play a select amount of games in Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium, which had AstroTurf.  In addition, the playing surface in Olympic Stadium changed again mid-season, this time to FieldTurf.

 

2004 (30 teams)

NL - 1 team (Montreal Expos)

AL - 3 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

- The Philadelphia Phillies moved from Veterans Stadium (turf) to Citizens Bank Park (grass)

- The Astroturf in the Metrodome is replaced with FieldTurf

- Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico switched from Astroturf to FieldTurf

 

2005 (30 teams)

NL - 0 teams

AL - 3 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

- The Montreal Expos relocate to Washington DC to become the Nationals.  Since RKF Stadium had grass, this meant that no NL team played their home games on any form of artificial turf

- Astroturf is replaced with Fieldturf at the Skydome/Rogers Centre, fully ending the use of the original Astroturf on an MLB stadium.

 

2006 (30 teams)

NL - 0 teams

AL - 3 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

2007 (30 teams)

NL - 0 teams

AL - 3 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

2008 (30 teams)

NL - 0 teams

AL - 3 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

- The Tampa Bay Rays made it to the World Series to face the Phillies, making it the first time in 15 years a World Series game would be played on an Artificial Turf surface.  It would be the first time a stadium with FieldTurf hosted a World Series game.

 

2009 (30 teams)

NL - 0 teams

AL - 3 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

2010 (30 teams)

NL - 0 teams

AL - 2 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

- The Minnesota Twins move from the Metrodome (turf) to Target Field (grass)

 

2011 (30 teams)

NL - 0 teams

AL - 2 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

2012 (30 teams)

NL - 0 teams

AL - 2 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

2013 (30 teams)

NL - 0 teams

AL - 2 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

2014 (30 teams)

NL - 0 teams

AL - 2 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

2015 (30 teams)

NL - 0 teams

AL - 2 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

2016 (30 teams)

NL - 0 teams

AL - 2 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

- Rogers Centre adopt a dirt infield, marking an end of sliding pads/dirt cuts outs ( a featured most associated with artificial turn baseball fields)

 

2017 (30 teams)

NL - 0 teams

AL - 2 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

2018 (30 teams)

NL - 0 teams

AL - 2 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

2019 (30 teams)

NL - 1 team (Arizona Diamondbacks)

AL - 2 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays)

 

- the playing surface in Arizona’s Chase Field changes from grass to Synthetic turf due to difficulty of growing grass in the hot climate of Phoenix during the summer.

 

2020 (30 teams)

NL - 2 teams (Arizona Diamondbacks, Miami Marlins)

AL - 3 teams (Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers)

- Miami’s Marlins Parks changes from grass to Shaw Synthentic Turf’s B1K

- The Texas Rangers move from the Ballpark in Arlington (grass) to Globe Life Field (synthetic turf)

 

== Overview ==

 

13 All-Star games between 1968 and 1996 (1968, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1994, & 1996) were played on Astroturf.  As of 2020, no ballpark with Fieldturf or any modern Artificial Turf has hosted an All-Star Game.

 

World Series with at least 1 team that played its home games on artificial turf

1960s - none

1970s - 6 (1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1979)

1980s - 5 (1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987)

1990s - 4 (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)

2000s - 1 (2008)

2010s - none

All artificial turf World Series happened 4 times (1980, 1985, 1987, 1993)

 

From 1971 to 1992, half of the National League teams played their home games on Astroturf almost entirely in that time period.  In 1977 & 1978, however, there were more Astroturf teams (7) than grass teams (5).  From 1993-1995, it was 8 grass teams and 6 Astroturf teams. The decline of artificial turf began in the mid-to-late 1990s but didn’t pick up steam until the early 2000s with teams leaving behind the cookie cutters in favor of newer retro-theme ballparks with real grass.  By 2005, no NL team played their games on artificial turf.

 

In comparison, the AL was more resistant towards artificial turf.  The highest peak would occur between 1982 and 1994 with four artificial turf teams and again in 1998/early 1999 when the Rays joined the league.  Ironically, the AL would still have teams that played their games on artificial turf (mainly the Rays and the Blue Jays).

 

The following teams have never played their home games on any form of artificial turf:

Baltimore Orioles

LA Angels of Anaheim

Boston Red Sox

Cleveland Indians

Detroit Tigers

Oakland A’s

New York Yankees

New York Mets

Colorado Rockies

Los Angeles Dodgers

Atlanta Braves

San Diego Padres

Chicago Cubs

Milwaukee Brewers

 

Until the last two years, The Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Miami Marlins were in this list as well.

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Seeing plastic grass creep back into the game after being damn near eliminated really annoys me. Really one of the worst things that ever happened to the game. It was even worse for football.

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== NFL ==

 

1968 (16 NFL teams, 10 AFL teams)

NFL - 0 teams

AFL - 1 team (Houston Oilers)

- AFL’s Houston Oilers are first football team to play home games on artificial turf when they moved to the Astrodome

 

1969 (16 NFL teams, 10 AFL teams)

NFL - 1 team (Philadelphia Eagles)

AFL - 1 team (Houston Oilers)

 

- Franklin Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, changed its playing surface from grass to turf

 

1970 (NFL-AFL merger; 26 teams)

NFC - 3 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys)

AFC - 5 teams (Houston Oilers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers)

 

- Busch Memorial Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals football team since 1966, changed its playing surface from grass to turf

- Cotton Bowl, home of the Dallas Cowboys since 1960, changed its playing surface from grass to turf

- Orange Bowl, Home of the Miami Dolphins since 1966, changed its playing surface from grass to Polyturf

- Schaefer/Foxboro Stadium. Home of the New England Patriots, opens with a PolyTurf playing surface

- The Cincinnati Bengals moved to their new stadium Riverfront Stadium

- The Pittsburgh Steelers moved to their new stadium Three Rivers Stadium

- 1970 Super Bowl in Miami Between the Colts and Cowboys is the first one to be played on artificial turf (Poly-Turf)

 

1971 (26 teams)

NFC - 6 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears)

AFC - 5 teams (Houston Oilers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers)

 

- Philadelphia Eagles move to Veterans Stadium, which also had AstroTurf

- Dallas Cowboys move to Texas Stadium

- Chicago Bears move to Soldier Field

- San Francisco 49ers moved to Candlestick Park, which changed its playing surface from grass to AstroTurf

- Tulane Stadium, home of the New Orleans Saints since 1966, changed its playing surface from grass to PolyTurf

- 1971 Super Bowl between Cowboys and Dolphins is played at New Orleans’ Tulane Stadium. In addition, this is the first matchup between teams that played their home games on artificial turf

 

1972 (26 teams)

NFC - 6 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears)

AFC - 6 teams (Houston Oilers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs)

 

- The Kansas City Chiefs move to their new stadium, Arrowhead Stadium (which had artificial turf called TartanTurf)

 

1973 (26 teams)

NFC - 6 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears)

AFC - 7 teams (Houston Oilers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills)

 

- The Buffalo Bills moved to their new stadium, Rich/Ralph Wilson Stadium

- 1973 Super Bowl between Vikings and Dolphins was played at Rice Stadium in Houston, which had Astroturf (the first Super Bowl with Astroturf as the previous Super Bowls with artificial turf used PolyTurf).

 

1974 (26 teams)

NFC - 6 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears)

AFC - 7 teams (Houston Oilers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills)

 

- 1974 Super Bowl between Steelers and Vikings was played at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans

 

1975 (26 teams)

NFC - 6 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions)

AFC - 7 teams (Houston Oilers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills)

 

- The Detroit Lions moved to their new stadium, the Pontiac Silverdome

- The Saints moved to their new stadium, the Superdome

-  1975 Super Bowl between Cowboys and Steelers is played at Miami’s Orange Bowl (which would switch to grass the following season).  This is also the 2nd Super Bowl between teams that played their home games on artificial turf.

 

1976 (28 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants)

AFC - 6 teams (Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills)

 

- The New York Giants open up Giants Stadium

- The Orange Bowl switches back to grass

 

1977 (28 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants)

AFC - 7 teams (Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks)

 

- Schaefer/Foxboro Stadium changes form PolyTurf to Astroturf

- The expansion Seattle Seahawks debut at the Kingdome

- 1977 Super Bowl between Cowboys and Broncos is played at the Superdome in New Orleans

 

1978 (28 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants)

AFC - 7 teams (Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks)

-  1978 Super Bowl is a rematch between the Steelers and Cowboys.  Unlike their previous matchup, this game is played on grass as the Orange Bowl got rid of the polyturf after the 1975 season.

 

1979 (28 teams)

NFC - 7 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants)

AFC - 7 teams (Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks)

 

- Candlestick Park switches back to grass (which it had been since 1960-1970 when the baseball Giants played there)

 

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8 minutes ago, disman00911 said:

The following teams have never played their home games on any form of artificial turf:

Baltimore Orioles

LA Angels of Anaheim

Boston Red Sox

Cleveland Indians

Oakland A’s

New York Yankees

New York Mets

Colorado Rockies

Los Angeles Dodgers

Atlanta Braves

San Diego Padres

Chicago Cubs

 

Until the last two years, The Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Miami Marlins were in this list as well.

Brewers??

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1 minute ago, Sec19Row53 said:

Brewers??

Tigers??

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2 minutes ago, Sec19Row53 said:

Brewers??

Forgot about them!  Do'h!  Thanks for reminding me.  I added them.  Added the Tigers too.  How could I forget them?!

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1980 (28 teams)

NFC - 7 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants)

AFC - 7 teams (Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks)

 

- 1980 Super Bowl between Raiders and Eagles is at the Superdome in New Orleans

- The Pro Bowl moves from Los Angeles to Hawaii’s Aloha Stadium, which had Astroturf since 1975

 

1981 (28 teams)

NFC - 7 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants)

AFC - 7 teams (Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks)

 

- 1981 Super Bowl between 49ers and Bengals is played at the Silverdome in Detroit

 

1982 (28 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings)

AFC - 7 teams (Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks)

 

- The Minnesota Vikings moved to their new stadium, the Metrodome

 

1983 (28 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings)

AFC - 7 teams (Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks)

 

1984 (28 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings)

AFC - 9 teams (Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- The New York Jets move from Shea Stadium (grass) to Giants Stadium (turf), sharing the stadium with the Giants

- The Baltimore Colts relocate to Indianapolis and play a the RCA Hoosier Dome

 

1985 (28 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings)

AFC - 9 teams (Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- 1985 Super Bowl between Bears and Patriots is held at the Superdome in New Orleans, making it the 4th time a Super Bowl is between teams that played their home games on Artificial Turf (3 of which were played on site that featured artificial turf)

 

1986 (28 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings)

AFC - 9 teams (Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts)

 

1987 (28 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings)

AFC - 9 teams (Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts)

 

1988 (28 teams)

NFC - 6 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings)

AFC - 9 teams (Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- St. Louis Cardinals relocate to Arizona, where Sun Devil Stadium had grass

- Soldier Field changes it playing surface from turf to grass

 

1989 (28 teams)

NFC - 6 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings)

AFC - 9 teams (Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- 1989 Super Bowl between 49ers and Broncos is played at the Superdome in New Orleans

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1990 (28 teams)

NFC - 6 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings)

AFC - 9 teams (Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- 1990 Super Bowl between Bills and Giants is the 5th time a Super Bowl is played between teams that played their home games on artificial turf.  However, the site of this Super Bowl is at Tampa Bay’s Tampa Stadium, which had grass.

 

1991 (28 teams)

NFC - 6 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings)

AFC - 9 teams (Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- Schaefer/Foxboro Stadium changes from Astroturf to Grass

- 1991 Super Bowl between Redskins and Bills is played at the Metrodome in Minnesota.

 

1992 (28 teams)

NFC - 7 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons)

AFC - 9 teams (Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- The Atlanta Falcons moved from Fulton-Country Stadium (Grass) to the Georgia Dome (Astroturf)

- 1992 Super Bowl between Bills and Cowboys is another matchup between teams that played their home games on artificial turf.  However, the site of this Super Bowl is the Rose Bowl in the Los Angeles area, which has grass.

 

1993 (28 teams)

NFC - 7 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons)

AFC - 9 teams (Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- 1993 Super Bowl is a rematch between the Bills and Cowboys.  Unlike their first showdown, the site in this Super Bowl was played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, which had Astroturf.

 

1994 (28 teams)

NFC - 7 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons)

AFC - 7 teams (Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- The playing surface at Arrowhead Stadium changed from AstroTurf to Grass

 

1995 (30 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams)

AFC - 7 teams (Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- The Los Angeles Rams relocated to St. Louis.  After playing a few games at Busch Memorial, the team moved to their new stadium, the Edward Jones Dome

- 1995 Super Bowl between Cowboys and Steelers is another matchup between teams that played their home games on artificial turf.  However, the site of this Super Bowl is Sun Devil Stadium in Arizona, which had grass.

 

1996 (30 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams)

AFC - 7 teams (Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- 1996 Super Bowl between Patriots and Packers is played at the Superdome in New Orleans

 

1997 (30 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams)

AFC - 6 teams (Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- The Houston Oilers relocate to Tennessee and play their games at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis (which had grass)

 

1998 (30 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams)

AFC - 7 teams (Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Oilers)

 

- The Tennessee Oilers move again, this time to Nashville’s Vanderbilt Stadium (which had Astroturf)

 

1999 (31 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams)

AFC - 6 teams (Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- The Tennessee Oilers are renamed the Titans and move to their new stadium, (Adelphia Coliseum/Nissan Stadium) which has grass

- 1999 Super Bowl between Rams and Titans is played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta

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2000 (31 teams)

NFC - 7 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams)

AFC - 4 teams (Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- Giants Stadium changes its playing surface from AstroTurf to Grass

- The Bengals moved to their new stadium, Paul Brown Stadium (which had grass)

- The Seahawks temporary move to Husky Stadium, which had FieldTurf, making them the first NFL team to play its home games on FieldTurf.

 

2001 (31 teams)

NFC - 7 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams)

AFC - 3 teams (Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- The Steelers moved to their new stadium, Heinz Field (which has grass)

- The playing surface at Veterans Stadium changed from AstroTurf to NexTurf

- 2001 Super Bowl between Rams and Patriots is played at the Superdome in New Orleans.  This Super Bowl would be the last to be played on the original Astroturf.

 

2002 (32 teams)

NFC - 9 teams (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears)

AFC - 2 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts)

 

- the Bears temporary move to Memorial Stadium in Champagne (home of the Illinois Fighting Illini), which had FieldTurf, while Soldier Field was being renovated

- The Lions moved to their new stadium, Ford Field (which has FieldTurf)

- Now an NFC team, the Seahawks move to their new stadium, CenturyLink Field, which has FieldTurf.

 

2003 (32 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants)

AFC - 4 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens)

 

- The Bears move back to Soldier Field

- The Eagles moved to their new stadium, Lincoln Financial Field (which has grass)

- Giants Stadium switches from grass to FieldTurf

- M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens since 1998, changed its playing surface from grass to an artificial surface called Shaw Sports Turf Momentum

- The playing surface at Ralph Wilson Stadium (formerly Rich Stadium) changed from AstroTurf to Astroplay

- The playing surface from the Superdome changed from Astroturf to FieldTurf

- The playing surface at the Georgia Dome changed from Astroturf to FieldTurf

- The playing surface at Texas Stadium changed from AstroTurf to FieldTurf

- Aloha Stadium, where the Pro Bowl is played, changed its playing surface from Astroturf to FieldTurf

 

2004 (32 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants)

AFC - 5 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals)

 

- The playing surface at the Metrodome switches from Astroturf to FieldTurf

- The playing surface at Paul Brown Stadium changed from grass to FieldTurf

 

2005 (32 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants)

AFC - 5 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals)

 

- the playing surface in the RCA Hoosier Dome changed from Astroturf to FieldTurf

- the playing surface in the Edward Jones Dome changed from Astroturf to FieldTurf

As a result, NFL teams no longer played on the original AstroTurf

- 2005 Super Bowl between Seahawks and Steelers is played at Detroit’s Ford Field, making the first Super Bowl to be played on that surface.  In addition, this is the first Super Bowl where one of these participants played their home games on FieldTurf or any of the modern artificial surfaces (Seahawks).

 

2006 (32 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants)

AFC - 6 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots)

 

- mid-season, the playing surface at Gillette Stadium (the Patriots’ home since 2002) changed from grass to FieldTurf

 

2007 (32 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants)

AFC - 6 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots)

 

- 2007 Super Bowl between Giants and Patriots is another matchup between teams that played their home games on artificial turf.  However, the site is at the University of Phoenix Stadium In Arizona, which has grass.

 

2008 (32 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants)

AFC - 6 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots)

 

- The Colts moved to their new stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium

- The Bills begin a stint of playing a home game at Toronto’s Rogers Centre

 

2009 (32 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants)

AFC - 6 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots)

 

- The Cowboys moved to their new stadium, AT&T Stadium

- The Pro Bowl moved to Miami’s Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Sun Life Stadium, which has grass

- 2009 Super Bowl between Saints and Colts is another matchup between teams that played their home games on artificial turf.  However, the site of the Super Bowl is in Miami, where the stadium has grass.

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2010 (32 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants)

AFC - 6 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots)

 

- The Giants & Jets share a new stadium, MetLife Stadium

- The Pro Bowl moved back to Aloha Stadium

- 2010 Super Bowl between Steelers and Packers is played at AT&T/Cowboys Stadium in Dallas

 

2011 (32 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants)

AFC - 6 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots)

 

- The playing surface at Ralph Wilson Stadium changed to another form of artificial turf, A-Turf Titan 50

- 2011 Super Bowl between Giants and Patriots is another matchup between teams that played their home games on artificial turf and is played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Their previous 2007 matchup was played on grass in Arizona

 

2012 (32 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants)

AFC - 6 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots)

 

- 2012 Super Bowl between Ravens and 49ers was played at the Superdome in New Orleans

 

2013 (32 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants)

AFC - 6 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots)

 

- The Bills play a home game at Toronto’s Rogers Centre for the final time

- 2013 Super Bowl between Seahawks and Broncos is played at MetLife Stadium in the New York City area.

 

2014 (32 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants)

AFC - 6 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots)

 

- The Vikings temporary move to TCF Bank Stadium, home of the Golden Gophers.  This stadium also has FieldTurf

- The Pro Bowl is played at Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium (which has grass)

- 2014 Super Bowl between Patriots and Seahawks is another matchup between teams that played their home games on artificial turf.  However, the site of the Super Bowl (Arizona) has a grass playing field

 

2015 (32 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants)

AFC - 7 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Houston Texans)

 

- NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans since their debut in 2002, changed its playing surface from grass to artificial turf beginning with the Texans 2nd home game.

- The Pro Bowl returns yet again to Aloha Stadium.  It would be the final time the Pro Bow would be played there.

 

2016 (32 teams)

NFC - 7 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants)

AFC - 6 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Houston Texans)

 

- The Rams returned to Los Angeles and played at the LA Memorial Coliseum

- The Vikings moved to their new stadium, US Bank Stadium, which has Act Global Artificial Turf

- M&T Bank Stadium switched back to grass

- The Pro Bowl moves to Camping World Stadium in Orlando, which also has an artificial surface

- 2016 Super Bowl between Patriots and Falcons is another matchup between teams that played their home games on artificial turf and the site of the Super Bowl is NRG Stadium in Houston (which switched from grass to turf a year earlier)

 

2017 (32 teams)

NFC - 7 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants)

AFC - 6 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Houston Texans)

 

 - the artificial turf at NRG Stadium is updated to Hellas Matrix Helix Turf

- The Falcons moved to their new stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium

- 2017 Super Bowl between Eagles and Patriots is played at US Bank Stadium in Minnesota.

 

2018 (32 teams)

NFC - 7 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants)

AFC - 6 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Houston Texans)

 

- 2018 Super Bowl between Patriots and Rams is held at the Superdome in New Orleans

 

2019 (32 teams)

NFC - 7 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants)

AFC - 6 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Houston Texans)

 

2020 (32 teams)

NFC - 7 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants)

AFC - 6 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Houston Texans)

 

== Overview ==

 

The following teams has never played their home games on any form of artificial turf: (i hope I didn't leave anyone out)

Green Bay Packers

Cleveland Browns

Denver Broncos

Washington Redskins/new name

Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland again/Las Vegas Raiders

San Diego/LA Chargers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carolina Panthers

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

- From 2001 to 2002, the entire AFC North division played their home games on grass

- Since 2002, the entire AFC West division has played their home games on grass.  This is due to the Seattle Seahawks joining the NFC West.

- Seattle Seahawks are the only NFL franchise to play all their home games on some form on artificial turf

 

Super Bowls where at least ONE of the teams played their home games on artificial turf

1960s (none)

1970s (every year except 1976)

1980s (1980, 1981. 1985, 1986, 1988)

1990s (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999)

2000s (2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009)

2010s (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)

 

Super Bowls where BOTH participants played their home games on artificial turf

1960s (none)

1970s (1970, 1971, 1975, 1978)

1980s (1985)

1990s (1990, 1992, 1993. 1995)

2000s (2009)

2010s (2011, 2014, 2016)

 

Super Bowls between two teams that played on artificial turf, but the site was a grass field

(1978, 1990, 1992, 1995. 2009)

 

Super Bowls between two teams that played on grass, but the site had an artificial surface

(1996, 2010)

 

Super Bowls played on artificial turf (Astroturf or Polyturf between 1970-2001, FieldTurf and other modern surfaces since then)

1960s (none)

1970s (1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977)

1980s (1980, 1981, 1985, 1989)

1990s (1991, 1993, 1996, 1999)

2000s (2001, 2005)

2010s (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018)

 

Correct me if there are errors

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2020 will move the Rams and Chargers to  artificial.

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3 hours ago, LMU said:

2020 will move the Rams and Chargers to  artificial.

Raiders, too? Or are they rolling in a grass tray? I'm not sure.

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2 hours ago, Sec19Row53 said:

Raiders, too? Or are they rolling in a grass tray? I'm not sure.

 

IIRC UNLV will play on Fieldturf while the Raiders play on grass. They're rotating the grass field over the turf when the Raiders play.

Edited by Red Comet

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I had assumed that the new Los Angeles stadium would have grass.  My mistake.   I updated 2020

 

2020 (32 teams)

NFC - 8 teams (Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Los Angeles Rams)

AFC - 7 teams (Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Houston Texans, LA Chargers)

 

Overall, artificial turf (FieldTurf, not the original AstroTurf) has been more accepted in football than in baseball.

 

Full NFL list

Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans (1968-1996, 1998 AstroTurf)

Philadelphia Eagles (1969-2000 AstroTurf, 2001-2002 Nexturf)

St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals (1970-1987 AstroTurf)

Dallas Cowboys (1970-2002 AstroTurf, 2003-present FieldTurf)

Miami Dolphins (1970-1975 PolyTurf)

New England Patriots (1970-1976 PolyTurf, 1977-1990 AstroTurf, mid-2006-present FieldTurf)

Cincinnati Bengals (1970-1999 AstroTurf, 2004-present FieldTurf)

Pittsburgh Steelers (1970-2000 AstroTurf)

San Francisco 49ers (1971-1978 AstroTurf)

New Orleans Saints (1971-1975 PolyTurf, 1975-2002 AstroTurf, 2003-present FieldTurf)

Chicago Bears (1971-1987 Astroturf, 2002 FieldTurf)

Kansas City Chiefs (1972-1993 AstroTurf)

Buffalo Bills (1973-2002 AstroTurf, 2003-present AstroPlay)

Detroit Lions (1975-2001 AstroTurf, 2002-present FieldTurf)

New York Giants (1976-1999 AstroTurf, 2003-present FieldTurf)

Seattle Seahawks (1976-1999 AstroTurf, 2000-present FieldTurf)

Minnesota Vikings (1982-2003 AstroTurf, 2004-present FieldTurf)

New York Jets (1984-1999 AstroTurf, 2003-present FieldTurf)

Indianapolis Colts (1984-2004 AstroTurf, 2005-present FieldTurf)

Atlanta Falcons (1992-2002 AstroTurf, 2003-present FieldTurf)

St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams (1995-2004 AstroTurf, 2005-2015, 2020-present FieldTurf)

Baltimore Ravens (2003-2015 Show Sports Turf Momentum)

Houston Texans (2015-present Hellas Matrix Helix Turf)

LA (formerly San Diego) Chargers (2020-present, FieldTurf)

Green Bay Packers (never)

Washington Redskins/insert new name here (never)

Cleveland Browns (never)

Denver Broncos (never)

Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland again/Las Vegas Raiders (never)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (never)

Carolina Panthers (never)

Jacksonville Jaguars (never)

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The Packers have had plastic-reinforced grass for a while now. Does that count?

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4 hours ago, the admiral said:

The Packers have had plastic-reinforced grass for a while now. Does that count?

You'd never know by looking at it. I'd say no.

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Great post, thanks.  It's sacrilege, but I like the uniformity of recent turf.  Usually looks clean, doesn't die or get chewed up, etc.  What really trips me out is brown colored turf that colleges use for the infield. 

 

I missed that Sofi Stadium would have turf.

 

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This is really cool, thanks for putting together. As a Seahawks fan, I did notice one thing that could be added, in 1994 the Seattle Kingdome had ceiling tiles fall before a Mariners game. It caused the M's to play on the road for about a month until the 1994 MLB strike and the Seahawks played their two home preseason and first three games of the regular season at Husky Stadium which would have been AstroTurf at the time.

 

Since we're on the subject, the Seahawks (Paul Allen) paid for Husky Stadium to be upgraded to Field Turf in 2000 in time for the Seahawks to use it while Seahawks Stadium was being built at the former site of the Kingdome in 2000- 2001. Seahawks Stadium was supposed to feature real glass (in part to help get an MLS team) but the Seahawks liked the Field Turf so much they installed it instead. 

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Great turf knowledge!

 

Now how many of these NFL teams played on baseball diamonds for a portion of the season?😁

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