In some ways, the types of turf on which football is played in the NFL is almost as diverse as the players in the league. There may not necessarily be a Fantasy League for the best sod football fields in the NFL, but that doesn't mean that there aren't some fields that are certainly more desirable than others.
Sports Illustrated recently gave its take on top football turf, and we liked it so much, we thought we'd chime in!
Sure, we may be biased considering our Evergreen Turf team is a proud partner of the Arizona Cardinals, but we don't let our pride stand in the way of a job well done. Sports Illustrated recognized our hard work when it comes to picking, preparing, and procuring the perfect grass for this Glendale, AZ team, and we're happy to see our efforts paying off. The Tifway 419 Bermuda grass is rolled inside only when it's game time, and it spends the rest of its life on a retractable tray outside in the natural Arizona sunlight enjoying life in its (mostly) natural habitat.
If your lawn is Bermuda grass, it will go dormant in the winter, so encourage it to go peacefully by reducing the frequency of watering and fertilizing. This will slow its growth and allow you to prepare for overseeding more quickly.
Tifway 419 Bermuda grass is a common theme among the top fields in the NFL, and Tampa Bay joined Sports Illustrated's list at #2 in the nation. Florida's sunny days help to provide nutrients to the Buccs' home field, making it a soft and supple place for the players to play. That said, not everyone is a big fan of a fluffy field. Rumor has it that Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers voiced his dislike of the sod's softness a while back, but the pristine quality of the field still puts it at the top of this list.
Obviously warmer climates and super sunny places are making their way to the top of this list for a reason. Good grass needs a lot of love and some good luck in terms of the elements to grow at its best. The Dolphins also enjoy Tifway 419 Bermuda grass, which flourishes at a favorable spot as a result of the long growing season it enjoys and its ability to recover from damage quickly.
With several teams calling sunny California home, one of them was likely to make it to the top of this list, and it's not likely going to be Oakland's football arena any time soon. The Chargers' Bandera Bermuda grass soaks in the sun and shows off its lush self, acting as a focal point of beauty in an otherwise aesthetically struggling stadium.
The Panthers are the only team to employ the use of Voyager Bermuda grass. This species of grass is super hardy, which allows it to withstand the damage inflicted during the team's well-fought home turf battles.
We think it's important to pay homage to at least one turf that doesn't soak in Southern sun all year long (even if Denver, CO does tend to enjoy over 300 days of beautiful sunshine annually). The Broncos, being a team located within a four-season state, have opted for a field made of 100% Kentucky Bluegrass. The underfield heating system and under-soil base help to ensure year-round health for this field, even when the temperatures turn blustery cold in winter.
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