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How much does a turf field cost?

This is one of the first questions most potential clients have. How much does FieldTurf cost? 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. Most of our installations are for football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse and field hockey.

Here is a general estimate of the initial cost of an artificial turf football field. It is broken down into two parts:

Drainage base

The drainage base consists of compacted stone materials found beneath the turf carpet, providing a level surface which allows precipitation to trickle through it before reaching the drainage system.

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

The turf panels (carpet) are laid on top of the drainage base and the infill materials are layered into the carpet to provide footing to the athlete and protection from the stone base below.

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.

For a detailed breakdown of the costs and return on investment, view our Cost Analysis page.

How long does a turf field last?

Once they know the price of a turf field, potential clients usually follow up asking; “For how many years will a FieldTurf field last?”
The industry standard is an eight (8) year warranty on the turf materials. FieldTurf’s attention to quality control allows us to boast the most number of fields which have outlasted their warranty.

We have more fields that have lasted 10, 11, 12 or even 13 years than all of our competitors combined! Read more information on the Durability of our fields.

Why choose synthetic turf over natural grass?

The costly and intricate maintenance of natural grass makes it difficult for many institutions and municipalities to keep their fields in a playable condition which is safe enough for its players.

A FieldTurf field provides a near-perfect surface for years, and with limited maintenance and no customer expertise needed.

Artificial turf represents a higher initial capital cost than natural grass, but this is often recuperated through extended hours of use of the fields (no down time, no recovery time, and playing longer into different seasons), lowered maintenance costs (no watering, no mowing, no chemicals), and revenue generation (renting the field).

Read more on the detailed breakdown of costs of a turf field and the potential revenue generation in our Cost Analysis page.

What should I look for in choosing an artificial turf system provider?

Building a quality artificial turf field is complex and demands a high level of experience and quality control. Far too many companies enter the industry, hiring suppliers for fiber manufacturing, tufting, coating and installation.

You will want a company that has full control on all aspects of your field. From manufacturing the turf to installing the system.
Furthermore, you will want a company capable of producing your turf fields with proven materials and with the highest quality control measures through ISO certifications.

Finally, you will especially want a company with exclusive, experienced installation crews, installing turf systems which are proven in all seasons and all regions of the world.

For more information on why FieldTurf should be your synthetic turf manufacturer of choice, read The FieldTurf Difference.

Where Can I See FieldTurf Installed?

FieldTurf is the choice of thousands of clients around the world. With over 4000 installations in the USA, you will find FieldTurf football fields, soccer fields and baseball fields in all 50 states.

To view some of our highlight construction projects, see our Featured Installations or contact your local representative for a comprehensive list in your area.

What Kind of Maintenance Am I Looking At?

A synthetic turf field is far less maintenance than a natural grass field, however, this does not mean that it should go without care. Brushing, aerating, raking and sweeping the surface should all be part of the standard process of maintaining your artificial turf field.

For more information, visit our Maintenance page to view our turf field maintenance video or download the guidelines PDF.

What is the difference between FieldTurf and the astro turf of old days?

FieldTurf invented the newest generation of artificial turf fields, which are now far more commonly known. In 1997, FieldTurf introduced infilled, long pile artificial turf which contained polyethylene (plastic) fibers, with sand and rubber particles between these fibers acting as artificial earth, giving the athletes shock absorption and natural footing.

This replaced the astro turf of old, which consisted of abrasive nylon turf fibers and no infill.

To discover more on the different components of today’s artificial turf systems, see the Selecting the Proper Turf System section.

What teams are playing on FieldTurf?

The majority of our 4500 artificial grass systems have been installed for high schools, colleges and municipalities around North America.
Our quality has also been coveted by the highest profile sports teams. Here is a sample of the NFL, MLS, and NCAA teams playing on FieldTurf.

Professional TeamsNCAA Football TeamsNCAA Baseball Teams
New England Patriots (NFL)Ohio State BuckeyesCreighton Blue Jays
Seattle Seahawks (NFL)Texas LonghornsLouisville Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons (NFL)Oregon DucksIllinois Illini
Detroit Lions (NFL)Arizona WildcatsColumbia Lions
Indianapolis Colts (NFL)Michigan WolverinesUS Air Force Falcons
Seattle Sounders (MLS)Washington HuskiesCincinnati Bearcats
New England Revolution (MLS)Washington State CougarsRhode Island Rams
Portland Timbers (MLS)Minnesota Golden GophersOregon State Beavers

For more information on some of our highlight fields, visit our Featured Installations section

What is involved in the installation process?

Installing an artificial turf field is a highly complex and meticulous process. FieldTurf only has its exclusive, certified installers perform the work, for clients to benefit from the full spectrum of quality components FieldTurf uses in its system.

Read more in Construction and Installation.

How do you clean synthetic turf?

Football, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and field hockey players sweat and spit on the surface. Some will spit gum on the turf, while others will be using muddy cleats from natural grass. And when a championship is won, sports drinks are spilled all over the coach, and the surface.
You will need to clean your turf field at time.

Read our Maintenance section for more information.

How long does a FieldTurf installation take?

Each installation is customized for each client and subject to weather conditions. An approximate installation time for a typical, new football turf field or soccer turf field is 60 days from start to finish.

To obtain more details, see our Installation and Construction section.

How safe is FieldTurf?

FieldTurf is the only company to have had real life, third party testing for player safety on its fields.
The results of these tests all indicate that FieldTurf (and only FieldTurf) is as safe or safer than natural grass in most areas of player safety.

See our Proven Safety page for all the results and findings of the independent testing conducted on FieldTurf.