There are several factors contributing to the increased demand for synthetic turf, including significantly improved safety, playability, and appearance since its introduction. Its many benefits and uses have made synthetic turf a popular sports field option. Synthetic turf was introduced to much fanfare in the 1960s, but it was not until the early 1980s when a vastly improved second generation product gained widespread popularity. Then in the late 1990s, an infilled synthetic turf system was introduced that duplicated the look and playability of lush grass, and is the basis for the ever-evolving systems of today.
Currently, there are between 12,000 and 13,000 synthetic turf sports fields in the U.S., with approximately 1,200 – 1,500 new installations each year.
Synthetic turf is a popular and versatile solution for other sports, such as field hockey, baseball, tennis, lacrosse and rugby. About half of all NFL teams currently play their games on synthetic turf. Since 2003, over 70 FIFA U-17 and U-20 World Cup matches have been played on synthetic turf soccer fields. Millions of students have new opportunities to practice and play on a sports field that can always be counted upon. It has helped teams go from worst to first, intensified school pride and brought together entire communities.
As the fastest growing segment of the market, today’s landscape synthetic grass options include numerous innovations formulated specifically for use with lawns, areas where children and pets play, public spaces and much more. Today’s synthetic grass options include numerous innovations formulated to be a beautiful, safe, cost-effective and eco-friendly landscape solution for many residential and commercial uses. Homeowners are using synthetic grass to create unique backyard retreats, while hotels and other businesses provide innovative green spaces that require minimal resources and maintenance.
By the end of 2014, about 40-45 million square feet of synthetic grass for landscape will be installed in the United States. Beautifully landscaped synthetic grass can often be installed in places where living grass can't grow or be effectively maintained. Applications for landscape synthetic grass include: residential communities, rooftops, business and commercial developments, and more.
Community parks and playgrounds made of synthetic grass provide accessible, versatile play surfaces for its youth and people of all ages and abilities. Many public spaces are turning to synthetic grass for appealing water-saving landscape solutions that reduce operating and maintenance expenditures.