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Research regarding the cost of artificial playing surfaces in modern sport and evaluating the desso grassmaster system

Published in Scientific Papers. Series B. Horticulture, Vol. LVI
Written by David BIRCH, Lancelot BUTTERS

Grassmaster, a semi synthetic sports turf surface which uses the principle of reinforced natural grass, is one of a few systems that have enabled increased hours of play and stadium use compared to more conventional surfaces. Modern sport demands that the playing surface is in pristine condition all year round, however with increased hours of play and a longer playing season, the pitch, the focal point of the stadium can become subject to criticism. Previous research has not explored the business and technical aspect of the surface. It is the aim of this project to: x Critically analyse the Desso Grassmaster system in terms of construction cost, maintenance and renovation costs compared to others sports surfaces such as natural turf and 3G. x Investigate how the increased participation in sport at all levels has led to the need for more cost effective sports surfaces. x Determine how the use of these new surfaces can able a return on investment x Evaluate the impact that the increased use of these surfaces could have a negative impact on the groundsman and machinery industry. “The health and safety and social benefits from sports participation are more easily achieved if the playing surface provisions are safe, affordable and of a high quality. Investment, construction and research into artificial playing surfaces have increased to meet this provision” Stiles, V.H and Dixon, S.J (2006) (1). However, Full provision cannot be met without natural turf surfaces.

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