Whether you’re referring to American football or soccer, the condition of any type of “football” field can affect the outcome of a game.
Let’s take a closer look.
Natural grass turf fields pose a lot of problems:
- Natural grass fields are prone to burrowing animals that create holes that injure players. Additionally, tunnels just below the surface can collapse during game play and cause injuries. As a result, field maintenance crews must vigilantly check the fields and fix any holes before every game. This is a time-intensive and costly process.
- Different type of natural grasses can retain too much moisture or create an extensive root system that makes the soil beneath the surface unstable – especially if the foundation under the sod has any flaws. Sinkholes and/or rough and extensive game play can then lead to surface collapse.
- Hard game play often rips up the sod and damages the surface. Beyond the high cost of sod repair, repairs to a natural grass field can disrupt practices and events.
- For natural grass fields to remain gloriously green, crews must water the fields regularly. In warmer areas, they must water the fields several times a day. The use of clean water, especially in drought regions, is incredibly wasteful and ultimately harmful to people and the environment.
Benefits of football Turf
Although many field managers order brief watering of artificial turf before a football or soccer game to prevent turf burn caused by synthetic fiber heat absorption, artificial grass doesn’t require the same level of extensive watering seen with natural grass. After all, artificial grass doesn’t need water to have a green and lush appearance.
Artificial grass also has a strong, spongy backing that gives just enough for energy rebound and shock absorption while leaving little impact on the ground under it. Animals are less likely to chew through the surface, and, if a tunnel collapses, a player has some support when the back of artificial turf starts to sink into a hole. Lastly, permeable backing helps prevent standing water buildup under artificial turf.