Intro to Turf
Artificial turf was first introduced into the Major League Baseball in 1966. The Chicago White Sox was the first Major League Baseball team to install the synthetic turf in an outdoor stadium. Later on, synthetic turf was installed in many different stadiums. For example, the Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium and Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium. The ball bounced higher and traveled faster than on natural grass. Today, the Tropicana Field and Toronto’s Roger Centre still use synthetic turf.
The Houston Oilers
The then-Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans) were the first American football team to play on synthetic turf. In 1969, Franklin Field, was the first stadium to use synthetic turf. Currently, eight stadiums in the Canadian football league use synthetic turf.
Artificial Turf on the Golf Course
Through the years, synthetic grass has increased its reputation. Synthetic grass has become very popular on golf courses throughout the years. Synthetic turf stays green all year round, making it a very popular option for events. Synthetic turf is very ideal to play golf on due to its extreme durability and resistance to wear and tear. Unlike natural grass, synthetic turf has a unique draining system meaning it usually does not flood after heavy rain. Synthetic turf also does not dry out during the summer heat. It also requires very little to no maintenance to be kept in perfect condition. Synthetic turf does not need to be cut like natural grass and it does not need to be watered. Again, it is not affected by heat or cold. In summer, natural grass needs to be watered frequently to keep it in perfect condition. While the natural grass is wet, golfers have to wait for it to dry before playing or practicing. Since synthetic turf does not need to be watered, that also saves money on the water bill. What could be better than that?
As you can see, synthetic turf has become very popular throughout the years, all around the world. Especially in sports like Baseball, Football and Golf. It is durable and resistant, requires little to no maintenance, can save money and depending on the sport, allows athletes to play better.