The NFL’s artificial turf turf installation at home football stadiums has already begun and it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, according to NFL President Joe Lockhart.
The league is expected to have about 1.7 million football fields in operation in 2019, Lockhart said Tuesday during a conference call with reporters.
He added that the league has completed installation of approximately 4.5 million artificial turf fields.
The NFL’s synthetic turf installation has already started.
The installation is expected be completed in 2020, Lockyer said, but the construction of the artificial turf field is expected later this year.
He said that the installation will last two to three years.
“I think the next step for us is to get that installation finished, and then move forward with the design and construction of that field,” Lockhart added.
The construction of artificial turf will help alleviate some of the challenges associated with the NFL’s natural grass construction, Lockhardt said.
It will also improve the visibility of the field and provide a better environment for players, Locky said.
The league is working with the US Army to test the field’s effect on players.
“It will be a very, very good field for football,” Locky told reporters.