The First Artificial Grass In The World

- Nov 13, 2018 -

The first artificial grass was placed over concrete in 1964, and became known as “Chem Grass”.

 

It was later named “Astro Turf” when it was installed in the Houston Astrodome in 1966. Athletes did not like playing on these fields because it was dangerous and not comfortable for their landings.

 

Compared to only a thin layer of Astro Turf on top of concrete, a new artificial turf was developed in the early 2000s, and was called styrene butadiene rubber, most commonly known as “rubber granules.” This rubber was made of small black crumb pieces that came from old tires. The tire crumbs were poured in between the fake grass blades, giving the artificial fields more cushion and support. This was a better solution and satisfied athletes and aided in the prevention of major injuries. Then the rubber granules are used as ground cover under playground equipment, and as a surface material for running tracks and athletic fields.


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