FieldTurf Finishes First!


So why

Why do the Toronto Blue Jays have it at the Rogers Centre? Why did the Tampa Bay Rays celebrate on it after winning the 2008 American League pennant at Tropicana Field?

Well, for lack of a better term, it rocks.

First, it drains faster than natural grass, which is good for the Blue Jays, who sometimes open the roof.

Then there is the infill.

That what?

Infill, or FieldTurf’s anatomy, has sand – used in everything from sand blasting to drying out sick road – on the bottom layer. The sand is mixed with cryogenic rubber – recycled tires – and layered into the system, with particles of each being the same size. Then bigger pieces of the rubber make up the top layer, which provides a cushioning blow for those jaw-rattling hits.

How long FieldTurf lasts is up to each stadium’s grounds crew. The suggested method of upkeep is BARS Maintenance, short for Brushing, Aerating, Raking and Sweeping.

Brushing rejuvenates the turf, keeping it as tip-top as the athletes. Aerating lowers the risk of compaction. Raking prevents the fibers from getting matted down, or flattened. Sweeping keeps debris out of the infill, keeping it clean.

Scrubs, conditioners and gum removers are also needed to keep the FieldTurf looking sharp and feeling soft.

The best part, however? FieldTurf does its part for the environment. It curbs water usage, eliminates the use of poison pesticides and when FieldTurf runs its course, it gets recycled and used in products such as batting cages, school bags and t-shirts.

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