Synthetic turf has become a huge part of sports field construction ever since its inception in the 1960s. It gained substantial momentum due to the newly-constructed Astrodome, which eventually housed the first artificial turf field. Since then, artificial grass became incredibly popular. As time has gone on, technology has grown and so has the DNA of synthetic turf.
So, if you are considering installing a synthetic turf sports field, where should you start? What’s the first step?
Consider the benefits of synthetic turf as opposed to natural grass. This article will lay out all the proven benefits of turf installed by sports field construction companies and will help you better understand the benefits of synthetic turf.
Lasts 3x as long per year as grass – One of the most commonly known benefits of having a synthetic turf field is that they can be utilized around 3,000 hours per year without rest, which is more than three times that of natural grass! (Synthetic Turf Council). FIFA even states that “it qualifies as the best alternative to natural grass” because of its resistance to weather and intense use.
All Weather Utility – Whether it’s too much sun or too much rain, synthetic turf has high durability. This is vastly different from grass because of how delicate grass can be. You frequently see large patches of dirt in natural grass that inevitability turn into mud traps, which can be a challenge during a sports game. With synthetic grass, you will never have an issue like this.
One Turf Field Can Save up to 1,000,000 Gallons of Water – This might be surprising to you, but synthetic turf has significant environmental benefits. According to the Synthetic Turf Council, “depending on the region of the country, one full-size turf sports field saves 500,000 to 1,000,000 gallons of water each year” (Synthetic Turf Council).
Reduces Noxious Emissions – How? Today, more than 6,000 synthetic sports turf fields use crumb rubber infill recycled from used tires. This keeps more than 105 million tires out of landfills! (Synthetic Turf Council)
Works Great as a Multi-Purpose Field –A turf field should be designated as either an individual use field or a multi-use complex. Not only does this affect the master planning, but also the specific turf product considerations. Many sports fields are multi-purpose which saves money across the board.
Cost Effective Maintenance – Synthetic grass saves money. “The cost of installing and maintaining a synthetic field over a 20-year period is over 3x less expensive per event than the cost of grass over that same period of time” (STC).
Great substitute for natural grass – The new generation of synthetic turf provides the playability and look of natural, lush grass. Not only is the look and feel similar, it does not affect the physical performance trends and capabilities of the teams (FIFA). Additionally, about half of all NFL teams currently play on synthetic turf and since 2003 over 70 FIF U-17 and U-20 World Cup matches have been on synthetic soccer fields (STC FAQ).
When you switch from natural grass to synthetic turf there are incredible benefits. Don’t get us wrong, we love natural grass. But we want to help take the stress off your plate you by saving you time, money helping make field maintenance easier.
If you have any questions, contact us today. We would love to chat with you.