Why Sports Utilize Synthetic Turf Fields

July 10, 2018
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July 10, 2018 Martin Halo

Many sports and athletic fields are choosing synthetic turf over natural grass. Whether it’s baseball, football, or soccer, synthetic turf is being used now more than ever. Reasons for this include the effect on the environment, maintenance, weather, and durability. These are the benefits of installing artificial turf for each sport.


A well-groomed baseball field creates the entire feeling when people walk into a baseball game. This is why synthetic turf is much more common in baseball fields. Many are choosing to use synthetic turf because of the lifespan compared to natural turf. With synthetic or artificial turf, there are about 3,000 plays per year on average. On the other hand, natural turf brings about 750 plays per year on average. In addition, synthetic turfs allow baseball programs to begin earlier in the year and avoid rainouts.


Another popular sport that utilizes synthetic turf is Football. One of the main benefits of choosing synthetic over natural grass is reduced maintenance costs. Although the installation of synthetic turf is much higher than natural grass, the return on investment due to maintenance costs proves much more beneficial. The total cost of installing and maintaining synthetic turf is three times less expensive than a natural grass field. Typical maintenance for an artificial turf field is cleaning debris, and brushing the surface of the turf. However, maintenance for natural grass includes mowing, fertilization, and watering. In addition, many prefer synthetic turf due to the fact that the turf remains consistent no matter the weather. This is a huge benefit especially in warm climates like Florida.


One benefit of using synthetic or artificial turf for a soccer field is the effect on the environment. By replacing natural grass with synthetic turf, 2,200 gallons of water are saved every year. An artificial turf also helps reduce pollution by removing the emissions from mowers and maintenance equipment used for natural grass. Also, performance and safety are the same with natural grass so there is no worry for injury with a synthetic field.

A synthetic turf is a safe and beneficial alternative to natural grass for sports like baseball, football, and soccer. The upfront cost is usually higher for the construction of a synthetic or artificial turf than a natural grass field. However, when you calculate the maintenance costs for both fields over a long period of time, it is more cost effective to go with the synthetic turf. More benefits of a synthetic turf are resilience, weather, safety, and the effect on the environment.

Sports Turf One specializes in sports field construction, both natural grass and synthetic turf construction. Other than installation, we also help buyers create a maintenance plan so they can protect their field for the long haul. Contact Sports Turf One at 561-225-1113 for a synthetic turf construction quote today!