Artificial Turf Athletic Fields
Synthetic turf athletic fields have been increasing in popularity over the past ten years or so, and this trend is expected to continue.
In the early days of synthetic turf, it was reserved for professional fields and arenas, because installation costs were prohibitive for most. Today, however, the technological advances have given us a superior product that is affordable for communities, business owners, schools, and even homeowners. We are seeing synthetic grass installed in a variety of places across Northern California as it has become more accessible.
As you weigh the options for resurfacing your athletic fields, please keep in mind these five ways you can score with synthetic grass sports fields.
Synthetic Turf Fields Recover Faster
Natural grass tends to take a beating during sporting events, and most natural playing fields require a period of recovery time between heavy play. For coaches and event organizers, this leads to a loss of valuable practice and playing time. Synthetic grass, however, is more resilient, which means that you can maximize your time frame by scheduling practices and competitions back to back.
Reduced Injury Risk
Natural grass may be softer than playing on hard dirt, but not by much. Hidden rocks, divots and hills all pose dangers to athletes as they run and leap across the field. Sadly, all it takes is one bad step into a hidden hole to break a player’s ankle and take them out for the season. Since synthetic turf creates a smooth, uniform playing surface, busting a knee on a rock is much less likely. Additionally, the lining beneath offers better cushioning than old-fashioned dirt so players can skid, tackle and land with less impact.
Keeping up with natural grass is a time-consuming and expensive pursuit.
In addition to mowing, sports fields must also be fertilized and seeded to prevent bald spots that are not just unsightly but dangerous as well. Outdoor arenas, especially, require constant upkeep after inclement weather, and they must be cleared of debris such as leaves and branches. Synthetic turf simply requires an occasional rinse with a water hose.
That’s it. The time and money you save on maintenance can be better spent towards the team.
Sports fields are often a community or school investment, and they can serve more purposes that just as a place to host competitions.
Unfortunately, natural grass just cannot stand up to the wear and tear that certain activities cause. For example, a high school graduation would require chairs that poke holes into the soft ground, and too much traffic will wear a trail right through the middle of a natural field. With synthetic grass, however, you can host those special events without worrying about damage.
When you know a sport will continuously be played in your field, then synthetic grass is also ideal because it will save you time on setting up.
For example, you can have field lines sewn directly into the grass so that you never have to put out a chalk line again. Since you never have to mow, choosing synthetic turf for your field also means that you never have to move goals or cages for mowing purposes again. Keeping continuity on your playing field means the players can focus on the game rather than working around constant changes.
The right surface for a sports field makes a big difference in the final outcome of the game. In addition to improving every aspect of the game for the players, synthetic grass just looks plain pretty. This season, give your players and fans the royal treatment by rolling out a field of grass that will always be green. If you are considering installing artificial turf at your sports facilities, contact Pacific Grass & Turf today.