While it might seem like a relatively modern concept, fake turf has been around for well over 50 years. Indeed, the synthetic alternative has become incredibly popular, particularly in sporting contexts. In fact, AstroTurf, an American-based company, were the first company to commercially develop a fake lawn equivalent, patenting the design in 1965 and selling the product under the name “ChemGrass.” It was later re-branded as AstroTurf, opening the market up to more firms to enter and retail fake turf alternatives.
First commercial use
While the use of artificial grass in Adelaide is common and widespread, it wasn’t always like that. Indeed, the first commercial use of synthetic lawn was in 1964, when the substance was installed at a recreation area at the Moses Brown School (in Providence, Rhode Island). However, it wasn’t until 1966 when the material started to get serious traction, where it was installed at the world-famous Astrodome stadium in Houston, Texas. Unfortunately, the stadium has been closed since 2013 and heritage listed.
Reception to the new turf was overwhelmingly positive, so much so that it became more widespread in the United States and Canada during the 1970s. It is now used all throughout the world. There many stadiums/ovals that use artificial grass in Adelaide, such as Coopers Stadium, which hosted seven soccer matches during the 2000 Sydney Olympics hosts A-League matches.
The sporting applications of artificial grass in Adelaide are extensive. Golf is one such example, where artificial grass in Adelaide is often used for putting greens, driving ranges and even some small golf courses. Adam Scott, one of Australia’s most famous golfers and the winner of the 2013 Masters, was born in South Australia, before moving to Queensland when he was 9.
Furthermore, synthetic turf has also been used for tennis courts, which remains a very popular Australian sport. While natural turf courts have died in popularity somewhat, Wimbledon remains the only Grand Slam tournament that takes place on real turf. However, because maintaining the courts is so intense and difficult, there has been a push for the Wimbledon courts to switch to a hybrid version (mixture of fake and real turf).
Regarding the use of artificial grass in Adelaide, the most common application of the material is in commercial and residential landscaping. And it is no wonder why the turf is being used in South Australian homes and businesses. Installing artificial grass in Adelaide can lower your water bills quite exponentially, reduce the amount of time spent on maintenance, while still maintaining its visual aesthetic. The substance is perfect for hosting parties and for those wanting a perfectly curated residential garden.
Fake turf is commonly used at airports for many reasons. Indeed, the synthetic fibres present a high visual contrast with flight runways regardless of the season and it does not support wildlife. Furthermore, it also reduces foreign object damage because the surface of the lawn has no rocks or bumps. On top of this, the surface also drains very well, minimising the likelihood of flooding occurring on the tarmac. Some fake turf systems in South Australia even allow for the integration of fibre optics into the turf. This means that lighting can be embedded in landing surfaces (or in a sporting context, the playing surface).
At the end of the day, artificial grass in Adelaide has many practical purposes and advantages. As a material, the product has come a long way since the 1960s, where it was only used sporadically. Since its successful debut in 1966, however, it has become a common addition at many sporting grounds and is now featured at over 11 000 sporting ovals just in the U.S and Canada.