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Artificial grass for sports fields: the advantages of synthetic turf

 

For soccer lovers, artificial grass pitches are an opportunity to excercise at their best, anytime. The artificial option, in fact, enables to have sports facilities which are perfectly efficient all year round, even in areas at great climatic disadvantage.

 

The success of the synthetic grass for sports fields, however, not only depends on the quality of each single element which compose it – in particular the artificial turf and the rubber infill granules – but also from the technical expertise by which the system is designed and built (see also: “The 3rd generation Artificial Turf Systems”)

 

When skilfully-made, artificial grass pitches have some benefits compared to natural grass game fields:

  • they allow a potentially unlimited use of the sports facility, regardless of seasonal factors and way beyond the utilization limits allowed by a natural field
  • they require lower upkeep costs
  • the thermoplastic rubber infill ensures a high level of safety for players, with an excellent shock-absorbance and reduced risks of muscular injuries, while the homogeneity and softness of the surface offer ideal game conditions.

 

An artificial turf field is particularly advisable when there is a demand for intensive use of the sports facility, exceeding 25 hours per week, after which the maximum potential of use of a natural field is overrun and its efficiency is seriously impaired.

 

Artificial surfaces are also a very interesting investment in case of sports facility to rent by the hour (as usually happens in many private or public structures) because they allow a continuous use of the facility. Many five-a-side pitches or multi-purpose tennis/five-a-side soccer fields are made with artificial grass for an intensive use of the sports facility.

 

Artificial turf: Gjemselund Stadium, Norway Artificial turf: Heming Oslo, Svezia