Timeline: Artificial turf in Major League Baseball

Sep 24, 2009 - 7:14 PM A timeline of artificial turf use in Major League Baseball:

1966 - 1 of 20 stadiums have turf - Added to Houston's Astrodome.

1969 - 2 of 24 - Added to Chicago's Comiskey Park infield.

1970 - 6 of 24 - Added to San Francisco's Candlestick Park and St. Louis' Busch Stadium. Installed in Cincinnati's new Riverfront Stadium and Pittsburgh's new Three Rivers Stadium.

1971 - 7 of 24 - Installed in Philadelphia's new Veterans Stadium.

1973 - 8 of 24 - Installed in Kansas City's new Royals Stadium.

1977 - 10 of 26 - Installed in Montreal's new Olympic Stadium. Seattle's Kingdome and Toronto's Exhibition Stadium join AL as expansion stadiums with artificial turf. Removed from Comiskey Park.

1979 - 9 of 26 - Removed from Candlestick Park.

1982 - 10 of 26 - Installed in Minnesota's new Metrodome.

1995 - 9 of 28 - Removed from Kansas City's Kaufmann Stadium.

1996 - 8 of 28 - Removed from Busch Stadium.

1998 - 9 of 30 - Tampa Bay, playing at Tropicana Field, joins AL as expansion stadium with artificial turf.

1999 - 8 of 30 - Seattle moves to Safeco Field.

2000 - 7 of 30 - Houston moves to The Ballpark at Union Station.

2001 - 5 of 30 - Removed from Cincinnati's Cinergy Field. Pittsburgh moves to PNC Park.

2004 - 4 of 30 - Philadelphia moves to Citizens Bank Park.

2005 - 3 of 30 - Montreal moves to Washington's RFK Stadium.

2010 - 2 of 30 - Minnesota moves to Target Field.






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