Turf Grass At Major League Baseball Parks

We thought it would be interesting to learn more about the type of grass that each MLB park uses. Check out the chart below:

MLB Ball ParkTeamType of GrassCapacity
Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Los Angeles AngelsBluegrass45,483
AT&T Park

AT&T Park
San Francisco GiantsBluegrass Hybrids41915
Busch Stadium

Busch Stadium
St. Louis CardinalsKentucky Bluegrass43975
Chase Field

Chase Field
Arizona DiamondbacksBull's Eye Bermuda48,633
Citi Field

Citi Field
New York MetsTuckahoe Kentucky Bluegrass41,922
Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia PhilliesKentucky Bluegrass43,651
Comerica Park

Comerica Park
Detroit TigersKentucky Bluegrass41,255
Coors Field

Coors Field
Colorado RockiesBluegrass/Ryegrass50,480
Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles DodgersSanta Ana Bermudagrass56,000
Fenway Park

Fenway Park
Boston Red SoxBluegrass37,499
Globe Life Park in Arlington

Globe Life Park in Arlington
Texas RangersZoysia/Bermuda48,114
Great American Ball Park

Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati RedsBluegrass Blend42,319
Kauffman Stadium

Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City RoyalsKentucky Bluegrass/Perennial Ryegrass Blend37,903
Marlins Park

Marlins Park
Miami MarlinsBermudagrass36,742
Miller Park

Miller Park
Milwaukee BrewersKentucky Bluegrass41,900
Minute Maid Park

Minute Maid Park
Houston AstrosPlatinum TE Paspalum42,060
Nationals Park

Nationals Park
Washington NationalsKentucky Bluegrass41,418
O.co Coliseum

O.co Coliseum
Oakland AthleticsBluegrass35,067
Oriole Part at Camden Yards

Oriole Part at Camden Yards
Baltimore OriolesKentucky Bluegrass45,971
Petco Park

Petco Park
San Diego PadresBull's Eye Bermuda42,524
PNC Park

PNC Park
Pittsburgh PiratesTuckahoe Bluegrass38,362
Progressive Field

Progressive Field
Cleveland IndiansKentucky Bluegrass42,241
Rogers Centre

Rogers Centre
Toronto Blue JaysAstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D49,282
Safeco Field

Safeco Field
Seattle MarinersKentucky Bluegrass/Perennial Ryegrass Blend47,476
Target Field

Target Field
Minnesota TwinsKentucky Bluegrass39,021
Tropicana Field

Tropicana Field
Tampa Bay RaysAstroTurf GameDay Grass34,078
Turner Field

Turner Field
Atlanta BravesHybrid Bermudagrass49,586
U.S. Cellular Field

U.S. Cellular Field
Chicago White SoxBluegrass40,615
Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field
Chicago CubsMerion Bluegrass/Clover41,019
Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium
New York YankeesKentucky Bluegrass50,291

So why do the parks choose the grass that they do?

Selection of grass for the playing field is also dependent on factors like personal preference, climate, sunlight, drainage, wear and tear, and environmental conditions. Let’s take a look at the types of grass used in Major League Baseball Parks and see how their properties make them the popular choice.

Bluegrass

Bluegrass tops the list as the most popular turf for baseball parks. It is the best quality cool season grass with its thick carpet feature and fine texture. It also produces the best looking sports field because of its distinct color selection ranging from emerald green to dark blue depending upon the variety. Bluegrass takes time to take root and requires more water and fertilizer to keep it growing at peak levels. Due to its slow growing rate, it is sometimes seeded with other grasses for faster results.

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda Grass is the best all-around warm season grass for any athletic field. As far as quality and characteristics, common Bermuda grass is fast to establish, deep rooted, medium textured, denser, darker green in color, high degree of tolerance for insect and disease, and adapts well to coastal settings. Where price is a factor, Bermuda grass seed is the cheapest in the market. The only problem with this type of grass is its inability to survive the cold winter season.

Perennial Ryegrass

Perennial Ryegrass is a medium to high maintenance grass used for athletic fields in the cool and transitional areas. It produces excellent texture, range of color, and high degree of tolerance to diseases and pests. It is fast to germinate and repairs quickly. Its seed is used to overseed permanent grass that goes dormant for the purpose of achieving beautiful green grass in early spring.

Zoysia Grass

Zoysia Grass is a slow growing grass that goes into dormancy during the cooler seasons. It produces stiff leaves and a very dense turf that cause a different play condition for moving baseball. It does not have a good root zone which is essential in a good quality turf grass. Due to these factors, it is not a popular choice for many playing fields in North America.

Paspalum

Paspalum is a new kind of infield grass that is a lot softer than the hybrid bermuda. Its spongy quality could spell the difference if you want more speed out of the ball on the infield. This variety of grass can withstand high salt content in water.

Artificial Turf

Artificial turf is mostly used in sports arenas where a grass playing surface is needed. It is made up of synthetic fibers with the appearance of natural grass. Artificial turf is easy to maintain and stands up to heavy use, making it a popular choice in covered or partially covered stadiums.

*Information from several sources including http://www.fangraphs.com/not/the-grass-is-always-greener/

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