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Ravens to begin transition from turf to grass on Thursday

The Baltimore Ravens kicking team lines up against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 20, 2015 in Baltimore.
The Baltimore Ravens kicking team lines up against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 20, 2015 in Baltimore. (Rob Carr / Getty Images)

The Ravens announced in December that they planned to replace the artificial surface at M&T Bank Stadium with natural grass. The team said today that the process will officially begin Thursday when the artificial field is dug up and removed.

In the weeks and months ahead, the Ravens will be installing a Bermuda grass, which will be ready for the 2016 season.

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The Ravens haven't played their home games on natural grass since the 2002 season, when issues maintaining the field resulted in the team switching to artificial turf. However, Ravens president Dick Cass said in December that a combination of artificial lighting and the team regularly resodding the field should help maintain the quality of a natural grass surface.

Eighteen of the NFL's 32 teams currently play their home games on grass.

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