Di­a­mond­backs to switch from grass to ar­ti­fi­cial sur­face

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PHOENIX — The Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs are switch­ing from nat­u­ral grass to an ar­ti­fi­cial sur­face in time for the 2019 sea­son.

Team pres­i­dent Derrick Hall says the “state-of-art” syn­thetic grass will be bet­ter for play­ers. He also says it will en­hance the fan ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause the roof of Chase Field won’t have to be open dur­ing the day be­fore night games. That will al­low for cooler con­di­tions through­out the day in the ball­park. Hall says the chal­lenges of main­tain­ing a grass field in the desert en­vi­ron­ment are well doc­u­mented and the team has looked at ar­ti­fi­cial sur­faces for many years. The Di­a­mond­backs have played on nat­u­ral grass since the team’s in­cep­tion in 1998.

IN THIS JUNE 14, 2011, FILE PHOTO, the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs and the San Fran­cisco Giants play a base­ball game with the room open at Chase Field in Phoenix. The Di­a­mond­backs are switch­ing from nat­u­ral grass to an ar­ti­fi­cial sur­face in time for the 2019 sea­son.

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