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Benefits of a Multi-Sport, Multi-Level Play on One Field

Athletic Directors across the country are often faced with answering a few critical questions when it comes to athletic fields:

  1. Synthetic turf or natural grass?
  2. Single-sport or multi-sport field?

Oftentimes, there are 2 main variables that impact these decisions – limitation of land and budget. In this blog, we’ll discuss these two key factors and how they can impact the decision-making process.

Limitation of Land

No matter where you live in the country, there’s no question that land is valuable and schools are limited by the land they have. Many schools have extremely limited space available. In this case, they must make the most out of what land they have and a multi-sport field is the best option. Using different colors for inlaid game markings, a single field can be used for football, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball, softball, marching band, and more, helping schools maximize their land and get the most use out of their investment.


The fact of the matter is, natural grass fields can’t handle multiple sports and stay in good playing condition. Natural grass has a limited amount of use, where synthetic turf is unlimited, and is better for your budget over the long haul; over the life of the synthetic turf.

Now you may be asking yourself how synthetic turf is better for the budget. There’s no doubt that investing in a synthetic field is a big investment, however, many people don’t realize that it’s more cost-effective in the long run than natural grass. Unlike natural grass, which can be damaged by adverse weather conditions and overuse, synthetic grass fields are built to withstand year-round, daily activity. Schools can get as much as 10 times the use out of turf compared to grass. And it’s that benefit alone that allows schools to open up their fields for community use without fear of damage. Synthetic turf delivers unmatched value!

Synthetic turf fields are also extremely low maintenance. There’s never a need to mow or irrigate. And just as important, turf fields offer significant savings in supplies and man-hours that are necessary to maintain grass. So, while the price tag for synthetic turf is more up front, spreading the investment out over the life of the turf – which is up to 14+ years with some proven field builders – demonstrates that it’s a wise investment for the community. On top of always being ready for play, synthetic turf surfaces consistently deliver ideal playing conditions for all athletes.

A-Turf builds artificial turf fields for football, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball & softball. Learn more about our synthetic field options here.

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