At NFL stadiums, natural grass is gaining ground — ever so slightly — on artificial turf.

A LawnStarter review found that during the 2016 season, players will be competing on 18 fields made of natural grass and 13 fields made of artificial turf. During the 2015 season, a LawnStarter review showed that 17 NFL fields had natural grass surfaces and 14 had artificial turf surfaces.

In all, 32 teams compete in the NFL; the New York Giants and New York Jets share a stadium.

M&T Bank Stadium

In May 2016, the Baltimore Ravens laid natural grass turf at M&T Bank Stadium.
Photo: Twitter/Jason Newton

Why the difference between 2015 and 2016? During the offseason, the Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium replaced the artificial turf with natural grass.

According to BaltimoreRavens.com, players’ reviews of the new field have been “overwhelmingly positive.” For instance, fullback Kyle Juszczyk praised the natural grass as “top of the line.”

“It’s premium right now. I could go out and putt on this thing right now,” Juszczyk told BaltimoreRavens.com in August. “I’m very pro grass. My knees feel better after practice … .”

Here’s the rundown of natural grass surfaces vs. artificial turf surfaces at NFL stadiums.

Natural grass

Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City Chiefs (Kansas City, MO)

Arrowhead Stadium

Image: YouTube/Burgers R Tasty

Bank of America Stadium
Carolina Panthers (Charlotte, NC)

Bank of America Stadium

Photo: Delaware North

FedEx Field
Washington Redskins (Washington DC)

FedEx Field

Photo: Redskins.com

FirstEnergy Stadium
Cleveland Browns (Cleveland, OH)

FirstEnergy Stadium

Photo: Turner Construction

Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Dolphins (Miami, FL)

Hard Rock Stadium

Photo: Stadia

Heinz Field
Pittsburgh Steelers (Pittsburgh, PA)

Heinz Field

Photo: Flickr/fatherspoon

Lambeau Field
Green Bay Packers

Lambeau Field

Photo: Event USA

Levi’s Stadium
San Francisco 49ers

Levi's Stadium

Photo: Levi’s Stadium

Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia Eagles (Philadelphia, PA)

lincoln-financial-field

Photo: Gensler

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles Rams (Los Angeles, CA)

(Note: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the temporary home of the Rams. Construction on a new stadium is scheduled to be completed in 2019; the field there will be made of artificial turf. In St. Louis, the Rams played on artificial turf.)

LA Coliseum

Photo: Facebook/Los Angeles Rams

M&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore Ravens (Baltimore, MD)

M&T Stadium

Photo: BaltimoreRavens.com

Nissan Stadium
Tennessee Titans (Nashville, TN)

Nissan Stadium

Photo: Athletic Turf

O.co Coliseum
Oakland Raiders

O.Co Coliseum

Photo: Flickr/Brian Cantoni

Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego Chargers (San Diego, CA)

Qualcomm Stadium

Photo: Pyro Spectaculars by Souza

Raymond James Stadium
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Tampa, FL)

Raymond James Stadium

Photo: Foresite Group

Soldier Field
Chicago Bears (Chicago, IL)

Soldier Field

Photo: Twitter/Soldier Field

Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Denver Broncos (Denver, CO)

Sports Authority Field

Photo: Flickr/Craig Hawkins

University of Phoenix Stadium
Arizona Cardinals

University of Phoenix Stadium

Photo: Ephesus Lighting

Artificial turf

AT&T Stadium
Dallas Cowboys (Dallas, TX)

AT&T Stadium

Photo: Mail Systems Management Association

CenturyLink Field
Seattle Seahawks (Seattle, WA)

CenturyLink Field

Photo: Seahawks.com

Ford Field
Detroit Lions (Detroit, MI)

Ford Field

Photo: Levy Restaurants

Georgia Dome
Atlanta Falcons (Atlanta, GA)
(Note: The Falcons’ new home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, will have artificial turf. The stadium is set to open in 2017.)

Georgia Dome

Image: YouTube/Bossman Show

Gillette Stadium
New England Patriots

Gillette Stadium

Photo: Rukkus

Lucas Oil Field
Indianapolis Colts (Indianapolis, IN)

Lucas Oil Stadium

Photo: Hunt Construction Group

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans Saints (New Orleans, LA)

Mercedes-Benz Astrodome

Photo: M-Communications

MetLife Stadium
New York Giants
New York Jets

MetLife Stadium

Image: YouTube/Robin Fokker

NRG Stadium
Houston Texans (Houston, TX)

NRG Stadium

Photo: The Consulting Engineers Group

New Era Field
Buffalo Bills

New Era Field

Photo: Twitter/Buffalo Bills

Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati Bengals (Cincinnati, OH)

Paul Brown Stadium

Photo: Clermont County Convention & Visitors Bureau

U.S. Bank Stadium
Minnesota Vikings (Minneapolis, MN)

U.S. Bank Stadium

Photo: Vikings.com

Data sources

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http://www.lasports.org/lafacilities/display.php?s=Stadium&id=8
http://www.kctv5.com/story/31767706/underground-upgrades-at-arrowhead-stadium-to-help-in-snowy-weather
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Top photo: TheRichest.com

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