July and August are some of the busiest months for activity on sports fields – they are also the hottest months of the year. A concern of a lot of synthetic turf owners is that their field can be much hotter than the air temperature. Luckily in the Midwest, those extremely hot weeks are few, however, there are still ways to help reduce the synthetic turf heat and keep the participants cooler.
According to the Synthetic Turf Council (STC), here are some of the best heat reduction tips:
- Try to schedule practices during cooler times of the day
- Have a misting station for the athletes
- Keep the athletes well hydrated throughout practices and games
- Water the field prior to practices and games on forecasted hotter days
You can also check out more of the STC’s tips on their website, HERE.
If heat on the artificial field further concerns you, your community, or your stakeholders, there are synthetic turf fiber or infill options that do promote cooler turf temperatures. Contact a professional synthetic turf provider, such as The Motz Group, FieldTurf, Shaw, AstroTurf, etc., to get more information on those alternative options, or check out our blog post HERE.