Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Artificial Turf

Artificial turf, also known as artificial grass or synthetic grass is a man made surface that is manufactured using synthetic materials and resembles natural grass. It is very commonly used for sports that are usually played on real grass, but recently it has also found place in residential lawns and commercial complexes.

Artificial Turf - Background

David Chaney led the team of researchers who were responsible for creating the artificial turf. In 1965, artificial turf was installed in the newly built Astrodome in Houston, Texas. It was at this point that the artificial turf gained a lot of prominence. By 1970s, they became widespread and were installed in both indoor and outdoor stadiums that were used for baseball and gridiron football in the United States and Canada. The prominent stadiums that underwent this change were the Riverfront Stadium at Cincinnati, Three Rivers Stadium at Pittsburgh and Veterans Stadium at Philadelphia.