Baltimore Ravens: Say Goodbye To Field Turf

Dec 21, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Baltimore Ravens helmet on the field before the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 21, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Baltimore Ravens helmet on the field before the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Baltimore Ravens have officially begun to replace the field turf in M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens have had field turf since 2003.

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A part of me is feeling rather sentimental about this news. That was the field Corey Redding intercepted Drew Brees to beat the Saints in 2010. That was the field that Ed Reed blocked a punt that sparked a 17 point comeback against the Seahawks. Ray Lewis’s last game in Baltimore was on that field.

In the grand scheme of things this probably won’t be a big deal. Steve Bisciotti is heralded as one of the most passionate owners in the NFL; it is hard to imagine he’d allow the Ravens grass field to be anything short of impeccable. It will be a beautiful field.

My favorite moment of going to a Ravens game is walking out into my section, and looking out at the field for a moment. It always leaves me with a moment of amazement, a child’s enthusiasm stirs inside me. My reservations about the field turf have more to do with emotions than logic.

From a logical standpoint it makes sense. The Ravens have been riddled with injuries at times on that field. A nice lush grass field may prevent that high rate of injured players that plagued the 2015 team. This very well could have been a factor in the Ravens decision. Many players also prefer to play on grass.

The Ravens will sell squares of the field turf in special cases according to their official website. The proceeds will go to the Ravens Foundation which does charitable causes in Maryland. If it does not cost an arm and a leg, it would be a nice memento for any Ravens fan. It also is good to know that the Ravens are using this as a chance to give back to the community.

Good bye field turf. Hello grass.

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