Just as the New England Patriots discovered at Gillette Stadium, it is difficult for a grass field to survive in the Northeast when it is being used throughout the year without any time to recover.
There are other options to consider:
Income Potential - Costs to maintain this outdoor recreational space will be offset by income generated by renting the space out to outside groups.
Fewer Injuries – Durability and even playing surfaces free from the effects of nature-caused divots and mud patches, result in less athletic injuries.
Lower Maintenance Costs - While there is certainly a substantial initial cost, upkeep is much less expensive.
Pesticide-Free - Unlike natural grass, artificial turf doesn't require treatment with pesticides and fertilizers.
Increased Playability - Artificial turf fields are much more durable than grass. The turf is ready for play during or shortly after rain events without the risks of muddy, damaged fields. Turf fields can be utilized with more frequency, resulting in fewer game/practice cancellations and increased accessibility.
Saves Water - An average grass playing field uses about 50,000 gallons of water per week during the growing season