Soccer turf (or “football” as our friends around the world call it) is the great challenge of our R&D efforts.
The ball-to-surface interactions and the high standards of elite players keep us on our toes. We have traveled to fields around the world, consulted doctors who specialize in lower extremity injuries, experts in natural turf grass, we have assembled the most experienced and knowledgeable minds in synthetic turf and the result of that work now comes to life as the reimagined LigaTurf line including XtraGrass — a 100% natural grass field reinforced by synthetic fibers. To be honest, no synthetic turf manufacturer has made the perfect system — but we’re getting closer. Grass is the gold standard that we strive to emulate. Balancing the desire for grass’s playability with the need for high durability is AstroTurf’s mission. Rapid technological advances and evolving product designs are getting the LigaTurf soccer turf product line closer.
Benefits of Using AstroTurf
AstroTurf strives to imitate the playability and safety of the most pristine natural grass fields. Like natural grass fields, artificial turf systems fall along a spectrum ranging from the unplayable to the exceptional. Certain challenges must be overcome in order for a field to be classified as the upper echelon of synthetic surfaces. For this reason and more, AstroTurf launches the LigaTurf product line specifically for soccer. These systems offer a broad portfolio of system choices that fit most budgets. Many are FIFA-certified.
Gilbert Lindsay Park
The previous installation of the turf fields at Gilbert Lindsay Park in Los Angeles included perimeter drains and a light polymer coating, which failed. There were serious problems related to drainage and planarity. The drainage problems were severe enough to cause degradation of the existing shock pad and turf as well as exposure of the subgrade. The City of Los Angeles endeavored to find a cost effective but long-term solution for this under-served neighborhood. They also wanted to avoid crumb rubber and were interested in other infill options.
AstroTurf collaborated with the City and the City’s Consultant to develop a new product, a totally novel synthetic turf system. AstroTurf was the logical manufacturer due to its long-standing “more fiber, less fill” philosophy. This new extremely dense “Golden Series” turf is paired with a shock pad and eliminates the need for crumb rubber infill or other expensive infill alternatives without foregoing the advantages of traditional infill systems. ZeoFill was used for ballast and provided unique benefits as a nontoxic mineral sold in health food stores. This product holds (but does not require) water, creating an evaporative cooling effect as the water is slowly released.
This Golden Series turf system grew in popularity rapidly and sold more than 1,000,000 square feet in its first three months on the market.