Sports Teams Benefiting from Artificial Grass
It’s no secret. Artificial grass provides a high performance sports playing surface. Promoted by several sports governing bodies such as FIFA (the International Federation of Association Football) and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) it’s unsurprising that for many teams, artificial turf is often the preferred solution.
It is now widely used from football and rugby pitches, to hockey fields, tennis courts and golf greens.
In the past Luton Town, Oldham Athletic, Preston North End and Queens Park Rangers all possessed artificial pitches until they were outlawed by the Football Association in the late 1980s, due to player safety concerns. Since then, artificial grass has developed beyond recognition, and is now comparable to real grass and the cushioned underlay provides optimal player performance and safety.
Prestigious Queens Club in London boasts 4 artificial grass tennis courts, giving players the opportunity to play indoors during the winter when the natural grass courts may not be practical.
Rugby league stadium The Select Security Stadium (previously known as Naughton Park), home to the Widnes Vikings is installed with the latest generation of artificial grass pitches, laid early last year.
Manchester United, Arsenal, and Real Madrid are just a few of the football teams worldwide that play on and train on artificial surfaces.
Real Madrid groundsman Paul Burgess admitted to BBC Sport he even chooses to benefit from the advantages of artificial grass in his own home. When asked what makes the perfect back lawn, he replied:
“I’ve actually got artificial grass in my back garden,” “The last thing I want to do when I get home is cut grass!”