The commercial synthetic turf industry continues to grow at an extremely fast rate. Surprisingly artificial turf touches many aspects of our lives – sometimes in subtly ways that most would never notice. Take for example – the fact that synthetic turf is used by most college campuses and they have a positive effect on both the teams performance and the student bodies attitudes. Following this seasons conference championships, twelve of the Top 25 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) teams have scored a winning season with the help of a synthetic turf field at home. These teams have a combined win-loss record of 133-29, representing a total 86% win percentage versus 82% for those Top 25 teams without synthetic turf.
The formation of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in 1998 guaranteed a true national champion by matching up the number one and two teams in the country while preserving the bowl system. Created by the six equity conferences and the University of Notre Dame. Originally the BCS utilized a combination of two human polls and six computer rankings to determine the standings. Last year was the first season where a playoff style bracket was introduced to the rankings to determine the final championship game. The BCS is part of the National Football Foundation, whose mission is to promote the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, and the drive for academic excellence in America’s young people. Visit www.footballfoundation.org to learn more.
Over the past decade, there has been a steady increase in the amount of winning teams that play and practice regularly on synthetic turf. These fields have created more opportunities for America’s amateur athletes to play and practice football without worrying about weather disruptions or over-used playing surfaces.
More than 6,000 synthetic turf playing fields are currently in use throughout the United States. Each year, its usage conserves billions of gallons of water, millions of pounds of pesticides and fertilizers and recycles 25 million used tires that would otherwise end up in landfills.
Additionally the use of artificial turf does not stop at the college level. About half of all NFL teams currently play their games on synthetic turf, and it was approved by FIFA for the 2010 World Cup soccer competition.
The highest ranked college football team in the country with a synthetic turf home field is the University of Oregon (ranked #2 on the BCS list), whose Autzen Stadium seats 54,000.