There is a growing need for durable sports grounds to accommodate multiple sports teams and activities.
The high cost of maintaining a turf sports field and the need to conserve water has prompted an increasing number of schools and parks and recreation programs to install synthetic turf to meet program needs. .
Research studies show that artificial surfaces are safer than normal grass fields. They provide a safe play environment, operational in bad weather, save normal labor and maintenance costs and save water consumption.
School districts and universities are turning to artificial fields for practices and games. These fields are flat, where grass fields are not safe in bad weather. Divots, sprinkler heads and harshness make these fields dangerous for participants. Fewer injuries are reported on artificial surfaces compared to grass pitches.
Water is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity. It is more precious than gold because water sustains life. In times of water shortage, cities impose rationing that ruins grassy sports fields.
What is an artificial turf pitch? Synthetic turf is a grass-like ground cover that replicates the look and function of lush natural grass. A rubber padding provides softness and durability.
Artificial pitches provide a consistent, year-round playing surface designed to withstand prolonged use without downtime for recovery. As a landscape cover, synthetic turf requires little maintenance. It is a weed-free surface, requiring no water or fertilizer, and looks like grass.
It is difficult to maintain lush grass fields all year round for practice. The number of sports teams and the number of participants make this almost impossible. Gangs and other groups also regularly use the fields.
There are more than 10,000 multipurpose synthetic turf sports fields in schools, colleges, parks and professional sports stadiums in North America.
About half of all NFL teams currently play their games on synthetic turf. Depending on the region of the country, a typical turf sports field requires between 500,000 and one million gallons of water or more each year. Artificial turf playgrounds exponentially increase playing and training time. The pitch is always ready for use in any weather, without worry of damage. The terrain remains even and consistent, allowing for participation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Additionally, while turf managers recommend using natural pitch no more than 20 hours per week or 680 hours per year for a three-season window, synthetic turf operates 24 hours a day with no rest required.
Financially it makes sense. The cost of an artificial turf surface is roughly equivalent to what it costs to maintain a grass pitch for eight years. Since the warranty for an artificial field is around eight years, this is a washout.
Thought of the week:
“The company in which you improve the most will cost you the least.”
Dr. Jack Welch is a college football educator and coach. His doctorate is in educational administration and he has been an educator, administrator and football coach, nurturing young minds, for over 40 years. He is also the author of Foundations of Coaching. He can be contacted at [email protected]