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July 17th, 2018

Football Fields

"Football fields with artificial turf offer the combination of turf fibers and selected infill, resulting in better footing, control, cushioning and grip. Turf grass also helps to reduce fly-out, splashing and grass/dirt stains during a game. These combined characteristics help to increase performance and maintain a level of safety throughout a football game."

Maintenance & Financial Challenges

Premier: Schools and recreational facilities work within budgets to keep everything working efficiently. Schools especially have unique challenges that corrospond with the specific needs of a learning institution. Knowledge, tools, supplies and manpower are needed to maintain stadiums with real grass, and their budget estimates can be particularly worrisome for schools in low-income areas that frequently rely on state funds over funding from local property taxes.

High Costs of Maintaining Real Grass

After a while, the effects that football activities have on natural grass will change the shape and overall condition of the grass, restricting how often the players can play and practice. In fast contact sports, natural grass will receive a great deal of pounding, scrapping, gouging, skidding and sliding. This will require more attention to the special needs of keeping real grass healthy and green, costing property owners a lot of money in replacement and general maintenance.

Climate

For outdoor football stadium arenas, climate conditions will take it's toll on any field with real grass. In heavy rain, fields with real grass will experience pooling in low spots, and even turn to mud if there are thin or bald areas of the grass. Moreover, if there is a football game on a natural field while it's raining, the toll placed on the surface will make conditions even worse, and will result in replacing or replanting sections of the grass once the weather clears. Of all inclement weather conditions, heavy rain can take its toll on real grass the most, resulting in downtime due to flooding.

Synthetic turf fields might ease overall budget cuts..

There will always be challenges with any new project. Fake grass is a good choice for water conservation, but it's only one step in the direction of overall savings. In the long-run, it will save money because maintenance procedures are not as demanding, which saves in specific maintenance costs. In tough times such as Covid-19, budget cuts are always a possibility, as they are hard periods where many businesses have to make cuts in their overall budget and staff. Artificial turf grass may ease some of those budget cuts.

Synthetic turf fields are low maintenance..

Football stadiums with artificial turf will save institutions time and money. The required maintenance tasks for a stadium with artificial grass are less than that of a stadium with real grass because there is no mowing, watering and fertilizing. Regular maintenance of a football field with turf grass typically involves simple tasks such as cleaning to get rid of debris, periodic sanitation and disinfection from accidental spills, repairs caused from incidental activities, and weed growth near edges and corner sections close to a fence or running track.

Traditionally, in order to prepare for a game that will be played on real grass, there was the need for manual push-machines to add chalk layers to the sidelines, yardlines and endzones. Artificial turf field applications can end the need for this time-consuming procedure, as a variety of color options for lines, numbers, logos and other field markings can be added permenantly to the field.

Middle & Hi Schools

Due to the nature of the sport of football, natural grass fields are put under the duress from athletes who are constantly sprinting, tackling, and breaking away on the field. This is especially true for football stadiums in middle schools and high schools levels, since football is very popular at those levels. Even though official games don't take place everyday, regular practices might take place everyday during regular and pre-season, and as a result, the punishment put on a field with natural grass will require regular maintenance to fix and maintain the asthetic appearance of the grass, yard lines, yard markers and endzones. Additionally, the type of maintenance procedures may involve special treatments so that the surface is level enough for competitive play.

Advantages of Artificial Turf

A thick foam pad provides a cushion over the floor surface that makes turf ideal for strength and conditioning areas in any football sports facility. Artificial turf is specifically suited for indoor sports facilities that emphasize strength and speed events.

Rain or shine, athletes will have a better playing surface for playing and practicing football. Artificial turf offers advanced field conditions that aid in optimizing the performance of a football athlete.

Premier Offers a High-Traffic Nylon Turf For Football Stadiums

The need for artificial turf will vary depending on the sport. For football, it's obvious, as the field needs to be able to endure high-impact and frequent falls from the players. Premier Artificial Turf offers a high-traffic nylon turf product that will hold up in extremely high traffic areas made for football games and practices. If you have questions about what type of turf application is right for your sports arena, just give us a call today.

Artificial turf applications offer a wide array of solutions based on specific needs. It's used by a wide array of athletic organizations such as high school sports, professional sports and private sports clubs. Call Premier to discuss your needs today. Please continue reading with "Is Synthetic-Turf Safe?"

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