Maximize Playing Time
Overuse and inclement weather conditions limit playing time on natural grass fields. They need time to recover. Synthetic turf can be used for nearly 3,000 hours per year with no "rest", which is three times as much activity as natural grass. Those additional hours of use can alleviate scheduling headaches and increase your opportunity to generate revenue from other events.
Predictable Playing Surface
Over time, an intensely-used natural grass field will develop its own unique surface characteristics. Bumps and dimples form. Heavy traffic areas become compacted and hard. Synthetic turf provides a consistent playing surface that performs every time.
Lower Cost Option
Maintaining an intensely-managed natural grass field includes monitoring inputs like water, pesticides, mowing equipment and fuel. These can fluctuate in cost on an annual or even monthly basis. Synthetic turf, on the other hand, offers predictability and durability. Factoring in the alternative revenue opportunities due to its year-round, all-conditions availability, the value of synthetic turf quickly becomes easy to see.
As Safe as Grass
Two leading sports bodies conducted thorough research studies on the safety of synthetic turf compared to natural turf. The results? According to the NCAA, injury rates during practice among schools nationwide was 4.4 percent on natural turf, and 3.5 percent on synthetic turf. FIFA studied the matter during two FIFA U-17 World Championships. That organization said, "there was very little difference in the incidence, nature and causes of injuries observed during games played on artificial turf compared with those played on grass."
Choosing to install a synthetic field rather than natural grass is more environmentally friendly than you think. Say goodbye to pesticides, sprinklers and grass mowers. And bid farewell to the negative environmental impacts that come with them. Fact is, one full-size synthetic turf sports field saves 500,000 to 1,000,000 gallons of water each year. During 2010, over three billion gallons of water was conserved through the use of synthetic turf. What's more, TenCate materials put 25 million recycled tires to good use -- tires that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.