Artificial football pitches are gaining more popularity every day. Not only for sports clubs, but also for schools, universities and municipalities, artificial grass is chosen often for its many advantages compared to natural grass. Sure, having artificial grass installed as a football pitch requires a big investment at the beginning, but this pays off in the end. What exactly are the benefits of an artificial grass pitch? Read on to discover more!
Benefits of artificial grass for football
1. Ready for use in any weather condition
Artificial grass does not get slippery when it rains, which makes it safer to play on than natural grass. An extra advantage is that rain doesn’t fall directly on the surface, which avoids it turning into mud. This makes artificial grass an absolute winner in comfortable solutions.
2. Artificial grass is very durable
A football pitch that has artificial grass does not require a recovery period in between matches. This is of course a big advantage, especially in smaller areas, where a football pitch is often used by different clubs. An artificial grass pitch’s durability and resistance to wear and tear also makes that the lifespan of the football pitch is quite long, especially in comparison with a natural grass pitch. The average service life of an artificial grass football pitch is approximately 2000 hours of play per year; while a natural grass pitch only lasts around 400 – 800 hours of play per year.
3. Low maintenance
Football pitches with artificial grass need to be cleaned regularly, but there is no need for other time-consuming actions, such as moving, fertilizing or ventilation, that are required to maintain a natural grass pitch. This saves a lot of time and money. Additionally, an intensive cleaning of an artificial grass pitch is only necessary once a year, so this limits the efforts considerably.
4. Better shock absorption
Football can sometimes be hard on our knees. When artificial grass is installed for football purposes, in most cases, a special shock pad layer is added first to absorb some of the shocks. Additionally, this also makes sure that when players fall on the artificial turf, the blow is less hard.
5. Better playing experience
Artificial grass remains the same for many years to come. While natural grass needs to be kept level and flat, a football pitch with artificial grass will not show bumps and is therefore the safest option for players. It also cuts back maintenance costs.
There have been some rumours about the possible harmful effects of SBR infill that is used for football artificial grass. This is, however, not true. Turfgrass makes use of this type of infill, often combined with silica sand, and is sure it is perfectly safe to play upon.
6. No sunlight required
Natural grass football stadiums often have steep and fully covered stands, which leads to a lack of sunlight. To make sure the grass does not wither and die, costly maintenance methods such as infrared lighting need to be used.
There is no need for sunlight when your football pitch is covered in artificial grass. That means it is the perfect solution for indoor football facilities or stadiums where there’s a lot of shade. This makes artificial pitches more cost efficient.
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