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Rangers' new home to feature artificial turf

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An artist's rendering of Globe Life Field, the new home of the Texas Rangers. (HKS/Texas Rangers) An artist's rendering of Globe Life Field, the new home of the Texas Rangers. (HKS/Texas Rangers)

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers will play their final home game on real grass this year.

The team announced Thursday that the new home of the Rangers, Globe Life Field, will feature a synthetic playing surface when it debuts in March, 2020.

"We were clear that a synthetic grass surface for Globe Life Field would only be a consideration if it could deliver the best surface in Major League Baseball and address the concerns we had related to impact on the players," said Rangers executive Rob Matwick in a written statement. "Months of detailed research that included extensive input from our Baseball Operations group from both a health and performance aspect have resulted in this decision."

The Rangers will be in a distinct minority when it comes to playing surfaces. According to Wikipedia, only three other major league teams -- Arizona, Toronto and Tampa Bay -- don't play on natural grass. Like Globe Life Field, those stadiums are all either indoors or have a retractable roof.

Shaw Sports Turf will be used to carpet the Rangers' new field. The company says it has provided the playing fields for the Tampa Bay Rays along with the NFL Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals.

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