August 17th, 2017

The days of a potato field Premier League pitch are long gone. As money and technological advancements flood into the modern game, every aspect of professional sport has been given a makeover. Although nutrition, equipment and sports science have seen the most improvements, another aspect of top-level sport to have been refined is the playing surface itself. This rise in innovation and development begs the question as to why so many professional sports teams are ditching the typical grass playing field and opting for artificial pitches.

It is hard to ignore the most striking benefit that artificial pitches offer sports clubs. From a landscaping point of view, the artificial alternatives offer an almost perfect playing surface for every single match. Due to the faux material, the maintenance of the pitch is significantly easier than it is for traditional surfaces, and, as the ground is levelled and laid with a consistent length, the possibilities of bobbles and divots in the pitch are significantly reduced. These modern pitches also have the ability to absorb and drain any standing water, making the pitch perfect for games in every season. As professional sport is now dominated by money and the finances, artificial pitches also contribute towards a cheaper groundskeeper bill. Typically, top-level clubs will replace their pitch every few years once it has been suitably weathered; artificial pitches, however, have a much longer lifespan, which subsequently reduces the costs in laying a new field every 4 or 5 years.

Resistance to the weather is also one of the most significant pluses for artificial pitches. As mentioned before, top-level sports pitches are installed with draining technology, meaning the burden of a waterlogged pitch can be reduced. The weather can also significantly damage a pitch, as seen in the NFL match that took place at Wembley Stadium between the Dallas Cowboys and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014. The pitch was all but ruined, with lumps of grass churned up and, when combined with the tricky conditions, large quantities of thick mud had been left all over the pitch. Had Wembley been fitted with an artificial pitch, the pitch would have been left in the exact same condition as it was before kick-off. This ‘worst case scenario’ has been enough to prompt Aviva Premiership Rugby teams to opt for artificial pitches, with European Champions Saracens pioneering this movement.

Players will not only reap the rewards in an artificial pitch as a result of the perfect conditions, but it can also go a long way in preventing long-term injuries. With a slick, grass pitch, players wearing bladed studs have commonly suffered cruciate ligament injuries, as traditional grass surfaces allow the studs to turn under their foot. As there is limited room for studs to turn in artificial grass, and the pitches are also water-resistant, the chances of players picking up these kinds of injuries are significantly reduced.

With artificial pitches offering a number of benefits to sports clubs all over the world, they can also be introduced to domestic properties and a whole host of other environments. For more information on our products and services, get in touch with Ground Force Artificial Grass today on 0800 061 4204 or head over to our contact page and leave us a message via our online form.