Many communities and schools are wrestling with the choice between artificial turf and natural grass fields. Here are some things to consider. 

• What is the total capital investment required to construct a new natural grass or artificial turf field? What is the cost of renovating an existing grass field?

• What level of funding is required for regular maintenance of the field?

• What is the life expectancy of the field? What happens after that?

• What is the safety record of artificial turf vs. natural grass? Which surface is preferred by professional athletes?


• How do turf managers deal with body fluid spills?

• How is the field affected by temperature?


• How does weather affect the playability of the field?

• What is the environmental impact of the field during construction, operation and disposal?