The History of Artificial Grass


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 David Chaney, who relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1960 and eventually became Dean of the North Carolina State University College of Textiles, led a team of Research Triangle Park researchers who developed the first major artificial turf. Because of this achievement, Sports Illustrated named Chaney the guy "responsible for indoor major league baseball and millions of welcome mats."

Artificial turf was originally placed in 1964 on a recreation field at Providence's Moses Brown School.

AstroTurf first gained public attention in 1966, when it was installed in the Astrodome in Houston, Texas.

During its first season in 1965, the state-of-the-art indoor stadium intended to employ natural grass, but it failed terribly, and the field conditions were woefully inadequate during the second part of the season, with the dead grass painted green. Because of a limited supply of the new artificial grass, only the infield was laid prior to the Houston Astros' home opening in April 1966; the outfield was built in early summer during an extended Astros road trip and was first used after the All-Star Break in July.

AstroTurf and similar grounds became popular in the United States and Canada in the early 1970s, and were placed in both indoor and outdoor baseball and football stadiums. Over 11,000 artificial turf playing fields have been constructed across the US where it originated. According to the Synthetic Turf Council, more than 1,200 were installed in the United States alone in 2013.

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