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Baltimore Ravens facilities undergoing transformation from turf to grass

New grass for next season

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium will be undergoing a transformation this season, as the entire field is being torn down, clearing the artificial turf and becoming natural grass.

John Harbaugh's a big fan of the change preaching, "It kind of epitomizes what Baltimore is all about, the history of football in Baltimore. To me, a Baltimore football team should be playing on a grass field in Baltimore."

The AFC North will now be 75% natural grass, the other two being the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns.

Cornerback Lardarius Webb also loved the switch mentioning, "With my surgeries that I've had, I can tell after the game if I've played on that hard turf or have played on grass. It's a black-and-white difference."

Both ACL tears for Webb were both at M&T Bank Stadium, both on the artificial turf.

When asked if the turf had to play a part in the ACL tears Webb said, "They say injuries happen more on turf than on grass. Simple as that."

Webb also posted to his Instagram feed a photo of him stretching on the turf with the caption Farewell! Not exactly the best to expect with his upcoming contract structure scaring Ravens fans.

Also worth note, fans will be able to purchase the turf later on in the year (closer to pre-season). These pieces will be between the 20 yard lines. They will be cut into small squares and packaged in commemorative cases.

Larger turf pieces will be for sate at the third-annual Retail Outlet Sale planned for late April. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Ravens Foundation.