Turf more expensive, but usually is a cost-effective investment


Artificial turf installation

Cost: $700-900k

Installation time: 8-12 weeks


Natural grass renovation

Cost: $100-150k

Installation time: 12 weeks

A synthetic turf field usually has a higher upfront cost, but the field often pays for itself over time, proving to be a cost-effective investment for some schools.

Prices vary from region to region and from product to product. It also depends on the sports your field turf surface will be used for.

A general estimate of the initial cost of an artificial turf football field is broken down into two parts:

• Drainage base: For a typical full-sized football or soccer turf field, approximately $4 per square foot should be budgeted for the drainage base.

Drainage bases can have a life expectancy of 20-30 years – the life of 2-3 turf fields.

• Turf: For typical, full-sized football or soccer turf fields, a conservative price of $4.75 per square foot should be budgeted. Football and soccer fields are approximately 80,000 square feet.

Synthetic turf fields can typically be utilized for about the same cost as three to four well-maintained natural fields – with no rest. In addition, synthetic turf maintenance costs are two to three times less than natural turf, since no mowing, irrigation or chemicals are needed. Because of its consistent availability, a synthetic turf field is also a reliable source of rental revenue for schools and communities.

The cost of installing and maintaining a synthetic turf sports field over a 20-year period (including one replacement field) can be less expensive per event than the cost of a grass field over the same period of time. This is because many more events can be held on a synthetic turf sports field.



Increasing demand for high quality playing surfaces and intense competition for field accessibility has given rise to a new generation of synthetic turf systems. While the first artificial turf systems used in the 1960s and 1970s were hard, significant advancements have been made during the past few decades. By the 1990s, the first synthetic turf systems with sand and rubber infill were introduced, which dramatically improved player performance and safety.

The latest generation of synthetic turf is a grass-like ground cover that replicates lush natural grass in appearance and function. When used on athletic fields, it provides a consistent year-round, all-weather playing surface built to withstand extended use without downtime for recovery.

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