27 Apr Field Hockey To Be Played On Turf For The 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Every four years a new nation around the world builds new athletic facilities in anticipation of the summer Olympics. From soccer pitches to track and field stadiums, decisions need to be made about everything from playing field surface to concession stands.
For the 2020 summer Olympics, hosted by Tokyo, it has already been announced that field hockey will be played on a synthetic grass field.
One of Tokyo’s main goals is to create an Olympic experience that is carbon neutral, reducing the impact that these massive events put on the environment. Natural grass fields require more water, more power, and increase the need for more people to maintain them. With artificial grass, fields won’t need to be watered to remain green and TV-friendly, nor will mowers or other equipment be required for upkeep.
Not only will turf reduce environmental impact, but it will also help Olympic facilities give players and viewers a better experience. Field hockey is a fast-paced game that requires a level playing surface for high performance, helping balls travel faster, the way players intend. With natural grass, errant blades and surprise holes can not only negatively impact the pace and quality of play, but they can also become hazardous to players themselves.
In fact, one of the benefits of using artificial grass for field hockey is that managers, coaches, and athletic directors can work together with an expert on artificial grass installation to create fields that are more supportive and cushioning when players fall. At an event like the Olympics, reducing injuries is always a priority.
It has yet to be announced whether other sports will be playing on synthetic turf fields, but field hockey has embraced the surface both for the Olympics and for the 2022 World Cup.
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