Artificial turf at Nissan Stadium after injury report

The Tennessee Titans will transition to artificial turf as the playing surface at Nissan Stadium before the 2023 season, the team announced Tuesday.

The Titans have played on natural grass since Nissan Stadium opened in 1999. But before next season, the stadium will have a monofilament synthetic playing surface because of “careful review of both injury data and the growth patterns of natural grass in the region.”

“I think our grounds crew is among the best in the National Football League,” Titans team president and CEO Burke Nihill said in a statement. “Ultimately there’s just a limit to how much can be done for a natural grass surface in this part of the country. This turf is cutting-edge technology and will be a huge improvement in terms of consistency and performance.”

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According to the Titans’ statement, research from the NFL showed more lower body injuries occurred on Nissan Stadium’s playing surface than on the league’s monofilament playing surfaces over “the past several seasons.” Compared to the rest of the league’s stadiums, Nissan Stadium was one of the places where lower body injuries happened most frequently.

The Titans have led the NFL in most players used each of the past two seasons because of an abnormally high injury rate. Most of the injuries in 2022 came in games as opposed to in practices.

“There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our players,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel added in a statement. “We’ve had a lot of issues (with the grass at Nissan Stadium) after a certain part of the season. It’s hard to grow grass. It gets slick. We put new turf down, we try and put new sod down and it’s slick, you see guys slipping. Those are real things that I’ve witnessed over my time here.”

This playing surface won’t be a big transition for the Titans; the same synthetic turf is installed inside The Bubble, the Titans’ indoor practice facility.

The Titans are assuming all costs for the renovation. Construction is expected to be complete before the start of the 2023 season.

Nick Suss is the Titans beat writer for The Tennessean. Contact Nick at Follow Nick on Twitter @nicksuss.

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