MLB Ballparks With Natural Grass as Playing Surface

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A Major League baseball on the green grass of the infield at Fenway Park during batting practice prior to a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Boston, Friday, July 16, 2010.
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  • There are 25 MLB ballparks with natural grass as the playing surface.
  • Five ballparks use artificial turf.

No two Major League Baseball fields are the same (just look at the outfield walls), and the debate of grass vs. artificial turf on the playing surface can be a touchy topic among fans. In the interest of tradition, many baseball fans believe that natural grass is the only thing that should be used on fields, but maintenance costs and climate issues often mean that some parks turn to artificial turf.

So which MLB ballparks have natural grass, and which use artificial turf?

MLB Ballparks With Natural Grass as Playing Surface

American Family FieldMilwaukee BrewersGrass
Angel StadiumLos Angeles AngelsGrass
Busch StadiumSt. Louis CardinalsGrass
Chase FieldArizona DiamondbacksArtificial Turf
Citi FieldNew York MetsGrass
Citizens Bank ParkPhiladelphia PhilliesGrass
Comerica ParkDetroit TigersGrass
Coors FieldColorado RockiesGrass
Dodger StadiumLos Angeles DodgersGrass
Fenway ParkBoston Red SoxGrass
Globe Life FieldTexas RangersArtificial Turf
Great American Ball ParkCincinnati RedsGrass
Guaranteed Rate FieldChicago White SoxGrass
Kauffman StadiumKansas City RoyalsGrass
LoanDepot ParkMiami MarlinsArtificial Turf
Minute Maid ParkHouston AstrosGrass
Nationals ParkWashington NationalsGrass
Oakland Coliseum Oakland AthleticsGrass
Oracle ParkSan Francisco GiantsGrass
Oriole Park at Camden YardsBaltimore OriolesGrass
Petco ParkSan Diego PadresGrass
PNC ParkPittsburgh PiratesGrass
Progressive FieldCleveland GuardiansGrass
Rogers CentreToronto Blue JaysArtificial Turf
T-Mobile ParkSeattle MarinersGrass
Target FieldMinnesota TwinsGrass
Tropicana FieldTampa Bay RaysArtificial Turf
Truist ParkAtlanta BravesGrass
Wrigley FieldChicago CubsGrass
Yankee StadiumNew York YankeesGrass

How Many MLB Ballparks Have Grass?

Of the 30 MLB ballparks, 25 use grass as the playing surface.

Most ballparks in cooler climates, like Citi Field (New York Mets), Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies), and Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox), use bluegrass on their playing surface. Bluegrass can tolerate high traffic and wear, survive cool weather, and spread and repair itself throughout the season, making it ideal for use on baseball fields.

Meanwhile, ballparks in warmer climates, like Petco Park (San Diego Padres), tend to opt for Bermuda grass, which is more heat and drought-resistant that the alternatives.

Some stadiums use a mixture of different grasses to keep their playing surface healthy and green. Yankee Stadium starts the season each year using only Kentucky Bluegrass, but repairs throughout the season are made with ryegrass.

How Many MLB Ballparks Have Artificial Turf?

There are five MLB ballparks with artificial turf — Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks), Globe Life Field (Texas Rangers), loanDepot Park (Miami Marlins), Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays), and Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays).

While artificial turf cuts down on maintenance costs and avoids issues in changing climates, some players claim that there is an increased risk of injury in these fields, as it is often harder and more coarse than natural grass.

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