Synthetic turf is quickly becoming the norm for many sporting venues at a variety of levels: professional, college, high school, and parks and recreation. This product makes sense when a variety of sports are played year round, and field use is at a premium. However, it does come at a high initial cost and is currently being beat up in the media over potential health concerns with crumb rubber. Natural turf is still a very good option for cost. Recent advances in technology may make natural turf the best choice for some Owners. In fact, the Baltimore Ravens recently removed their turf field to go back to natural turf.
Either way, it pays to investigate the pros and cons for each type of surface to determine which solution is best for the need and budget. This infographic provides a comparison of synthetic and natural turf fields.