How To Choose a Site

Figuring out how to best utilize the land is usually the first stage of any new project in sports field construction. Usually, when we work with schools and organizations they have carefully planned and designed areas for certain fields and uses or they have special requirements and needs for field renovation. We take special care to find out the plans that have been designed prior and then go from there. Homeowners who wish to create synthetic grass areas for dog runs, putting greens and easy landscape areas typically spend a great deal of time planning and choosing where to put artificial grasses for landscape and other projects. We can help ALL clients in these initial stages. Read on to find out how to choose a site and the different factors that can come into play when choosing a favorable site for sports field construction projects.

There are numerous factors that schools must consider when choosing a site. These critical factors are whether the plan is to begin with a new construction or replace a natural grass field. Many fields have a running track that surrounds the field. Special care must be given to meet the specific needs of the track program as well as meet the standard for the other sports and activities that the field will be utilized for. The number of players using the field and amount of sports, as well as the level of the athletes can affect the size of the field. Our experienced sports field contractors are equipped to aid in the planning process when choosing a site for a sports field.

Consider how large of a land tract is available and if it is level. If the field needs to be surrounded by a track, a site must be no less than five acres with a minimum of 600 feet long by 300 feet wide. Additional space will be needed for grading, drainage, player seating and walkways, and bleachers, lighting and proper fencing. Another consideration that needs to be taken is does the potential site allow for appropriate drainage and storm water management? Sports fields can be constructed in low lying areas, however, special construction and consideration must be made for filling and drainage design and work. The level-ness of a site is especially important for track & field and the track must be level in the running direction. The field and surrounding track may be slightly sloped, however, to allow for drainage.

Other things to consider is the type of soil, is the site accessible for construction materials and heavy equipment to get to the site, and where are the underground utilities?  Also, where is the prevailing wind and where does the sun rise and set? The most common scenario for field orientation is north-south.

No matter where you choose to build and in what way you use the land that you have, it is advised to always work with a Certified Field Builder that adheres to the rigorous standards put forth by our industry association, the American Sports Builders Association. We are the leader in sports field construction companies and a member of this association. We have completed the steps to earn the Certified Field Builder designation.

Turf replacement part of larger BCS project

Read about this project or here is the text from the entire article by Andrew Pearson of the Asheville Citizen Times 5/17/15

Buncombe County Schools was at the forefront of a growing trend in Western North Carolina athletics.

Now is the time to start replacing the artificial turf fields that were first installed 10 years ago.

Workers have completely stripped away the old turf at Reynolds’ Scott Conner Field.

A new surface should be ready (if weather cooperates) for the first official day of football and boys soccer practice on Aug. 1.

Assistant Superintendent Robbie Adell said Wednesday that the goal is to revamp the other five BCS high school turf fields in the next three to four years. It is part of a long-ranging plan for BCS. More than $5 million will be committed to either upgrades or new construction to athletic facilities over the next seven to eight years.

“Our No. 1 priority with this plan is to bring about a sense of equity,” Adell said.

“We want to bring every school up to par with one another.”

Reynolds will be the only Buncombe high school to get new turf this summer, but other programs are getting other things.

Every BCS tennis court is undergoing a facelift, and six courts are being built at Owen so the Warhorses and Warlassies can play true home matches for the first time. Erwin’s track is being redone, and there are future plans to install lights to BCS baseball and softball programs which can currently only play during daylight hours.

Why is only Reynolds getting a new turf field now?

Adell said his school system had an outside company come in and test the BCS fields for playibility in the past year and Reynolds graded out the worst.

The Rockets were the first-ever WNC high school to get artificial turf in the summer of 2005. It was both a blessing and a curse.

“We’ve felt like the surface needed to be repaired for some time,” Reynolds football coach Shane Laws said.

“We were the first field and any of the glitches they had back then, it seemed like they kind of worked them out on our field. We’re as happy as we can be to get a new field. I’ll take this field-turf over regular grass any day of the week.”

BCS spent approximately $4 million in 2005 to give each of its high schools an artificial turf field. With this $400,000 update, there will be some modifications to the surface that the Rockets have played on the past 10 years.

Laws said that the shade of the turf will be different in 5-yard increments (similar to Asheville High’s current turf). In addition, “Reynolds” and “Rockets” will be painted in the two end zones which were bare in the past.

The Rockets logo in the middle of the field will not change.

Thirty-one high schools from WNC play football and 14 of them do so on artificial turf.

All of the change has occurred since 2005 – Asheville High joined the Buncombe schools in saying goodbye to grass that summer. After that, both Haywood County schools (Pisgah and Tuscola) have joined in, along with Avery County, Brevard, Cherokee, Hayesville and Madison.

Brevard (2014) was the most recent mountain school to go to turf.

Reynolds sent its turf out in style – the Rockets won their first-ever 3-A Western Regional championship in girls soccer on May 26.

That will prove to be the last official athletic contest played on the old turf. Reynolds won the NCHSAA 3-A championship four days later in Raleigh with a 2-1 victory over Swansboro.

The shelf life for turf fields is about 10 years.

There are no current plans to replace the field at Asheville High. The Cougars are a 10-time defending conference champion in MAC 3-A/4-A football.

How Safe is Artificial Turf?

Artificial Turf GrassHow safe are artificial turf grasses?

The answer is VERY! Absolutely, turf grasses are safe! Artificial turf grasses and artificial turf for athletic fields DO NOT CAUSE CANCER. There has never been a research study to determine a link between cancer and artificial field grass.

In fact, our turf grass contractors that work with these materials every single day, have never had one instance of poor health that can be attributed to working with and INSTALLING these materials each and every day, much less been diagnosed with any form of cancer.

Check out some of the research articles and other industry resources that we provide on our website if you have questions about the safe-ness of artificial athletic field grasses. We have completed countless projects for schools, churches and sports recreation complex facilities, both indoor and outdoor complexes and this question is easily addressed in the decades of research that has been carried out on the materials and processes that artificial turf grasses are created and installed.

There are several benefits to using artificial turf. Turf grass utilizes the land better and you can use more of the field land for play space than with natural grasses. Depending on the climate, a typical grass field will require between 500,000 to a MILLION gallons of water or more each year. We do not have to stop here and lecture on what a precious resource water truly is. No one would argue against a process and product that saves precious water!

Turf grasses eliminate the need for using harmful pesticides and weed killers that wreak havoc on our natural resources and land. Millions of pounds of fertilizers and harmful chemical pesticides are used for natural grass fields and they come with a significant harmful effect on the environment. In the state of North Carolina alone, according to the NC Dept of Environment and Natural Resources, polluted storm water runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in the Tarheel state.

Field Turf Companies

Sports Construction Management is a leader among field turf companies. We have completed countless different athletic complexes and sports fields for middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities as well as county recreation. Working on a professional level, we do more than just install synthetic turf. We would love to show you exactly what our process is. Click here to see the full process of football field construction featuring our football field contractors and their building team. It’s not that long of a video (12 minutes), when compared to the time it takes to complete a football field construction project. We work efficiently to stay within your timelines and budgetary needs. Contact us to discuss the football field construction costs and design ideas that your organization or school needs.

We research, design and construct using the latest techniques and quality materials to ensure that the cost of football field construction or whatever type of field construction we build is cost effective and withstands the tests of wear and tear as well as time. It does not matter if you are contracting for an indoor facility or an outdoor sports arena. We can answer your questions and satisfy board and standard requirements that have to be met for school safety applications.

Football Turf

Football Turf Several independent research analysis and studies have been completed over the decades that football turf has been in use for sports field construction. Study after study, like the one completed by Norwegian sports medicine doctors, and scientists show that there is no risk of player injury when playing on football turf grass fields. John Bjørneboe, Roald Bahr, Thor Einar Andersen presented their 2010 research findings to the British Journal of Sports Medicine. In their research, they found that out of 668 injuries that players received during soccer matches, 526 were on grass and 142 were on artificial football turf! (Bjørneboe J, Bahr R, Andersen TE, 2010 British Journal of Sports Medicine, 44: 794-798)

Football turf is also environmentally sound. Some have said that the use of man-made products in football turf disrupts the natural landscape. Others have went as far as to say that the materials could be hazardous. Decades of specialized independent research studies have concluded that football turf fields present no additional risks, no matter the average weather temperatures of the locale. Factor in that these man-made materials in football turf are made from recycled goods and rubber, and you see that this option actually is environmentally positive. (Schilirò T1, Traversi D, Degan R, Pignata C, Alessandria L, Scozia D, Bono R, Gilli G. 2012)

Sports Construction Management has completed 100’s of football turf installations and built numerous football fields. We build in every climate and have completed football field construction projects for high schools, colleges, universities, community recreation complexes and professional sports complexes. No project is too large or too small for our team to handle. Our football turf fields have withstood the test of time and wear. Contact us if you are searching for contractors that have handled football field construction or browse to see some of our clients and their finished fields.

What Is Turf Made Of?

What is turf made of? How is synthetic turf made? These are questions that everyone we speak to asks when we are using artificial turf for their sports fieldWhat is Turf Made Of construction project.

Artificial Turf is ground cover that takes the maintenance and expense out of maintaining a flat, year round surface usually associated with natural grass. It replicates lush, green grass and is used on athletic fields, play areas for pets in urban settings, and practice greens for golf. Anyone that has every worked in landscaping or tried to maintain a perfectly manicured field or lawn, understands the maintenance and time that goes into working with natural grass. Synthetic turf companies and athletic field construction companies like ours install a low maintenance and weed free cover.

How is artificial grass made?

Artificial grass turf is installed by Sports Construction Management’s synthetic turf team. We use a multi-faceted system of installation using resilient blades of faux grass that are filled with material to resemble natural looking and close to natural feeling grass. Our man-made grass blades and drainage layers are made from recycled materials that provide a uniform, stable and resilient turf for maximized support.

Sports Construction Management is the premier sports field construction company building athletic sports fields and complexes for colleges, universities, town and county recreation and other organizations. We can save you money by installing a synthetic turf field when you are building athletic fields or upgrading your existing fields.

Athletic Field Construction – What We Do

Football, Baseball, Soccer, Softball, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Golf; There is one thing that all of these sports have in common (besides the use of a ball), and that is the need for a specific sort of surface on which to play. Whether someone needs a new field, renovations done, natural grass, or synthetic turf, our contractors go above and beyond the call of duty to deliver a gorgeous outcome. We have become well known nation-wide in the field of athletic field construction.

While we do handle natural grass fields, the majority of our projects have been synthetic turf. Since 1966, the dawn of Astroturf, synthetic turf fields have been sweeping the world of sports and athletic field construction. Controversy has struck at points between natural grass and synthetic turf, however the score says it all. More and more schools, towns, sports complexes etc. are making the change to turf fields. There are many benefits to synthetic turf, even the biggest skeptic could admit. One of the major gains of having a synthetic field, is the fact that weather is no longer a factor in whether or not the game goes on. Most synthetic turf fields in today’s age have a drainage component, making rain a moot point. Also, synthetic turf eliminates the need for sun, making indoor facilities a largely growing commodity. Synthetic turf fields also require minimum maintenance.

As some may know, FIFA instilled a two-star mark program for artificial turf soccer fields. The one-star recommended mark is issued to fields that meet the standard for community and amateur fields. In the US, there are only 19 one-star marked fields.  We have built a hand full of these fields, including all four of the fields that we had built at Evergreen Sportsplex in Northern Virginia.

At Sports Construction Management, we take great pride in what we do. We care about the players that are running on our fields and we want them to have the best experience possible. When it comes to athletic field construction, look no further than Sports Construction Management.


Synthetic turf soccer field construction with VSTC


Spotsylvania County, Va. March 23rd, 2015

The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) announced today that they had awarded a contract to Sports Construction Management, AstroTurf and Brock International to install the Virginia Soccer Training Center’s (VSTC) first two artificial turf fields at the recently opened 50 acre complex located in Spotsylvania County, VA. The three companies have also entered into a multi-year marketing agreement with VYSA and will become the category exclusive partner of VYSA and VSTC. Construction will begin shortly with completion expected in June. The two fields will be a lighted contiguous FIFA regulation size utilizing the AstroTurf GameDay Grass 1.5 Extreme over the Brock SP-14 Shock Pad which will require less infill and is proven to reduce sports injury risk.

VYSA President Denise Edwards commented “After a long and involved search for the optimal products and installation expertise, we are pleased to have selected AstroTurf, Sports Construction Management, and Brock International as our partners as we continue the development of the Virginia Soccer Training Center”.

“Congratulations to Virginia Youth Soccer Association for realizing a long-term vision with development of the Virginia Soccer Training Center. VYSA has a national and global reputation for professionalism” said AstroTurf Director of Soccer, Anthony DiCicco. “From our first conversation they understood that exceptional fields involve having great field builders like Sports Construction Management, the proven safety of Brock’s shock attenuation pad and the playability that can be achieved through more fiber density and less infill utilizing AstroTurf’s RootZone technology. VYSA is leading the soccer community to safer, better-performing fields and we’re pleased to be part of the team supporting them through that process.”

“Sports Construction Management is proud to join VYSA as their athletic field building partner and we look forward to beginning construction on the new synthetic turf soccer fields at VSTC. As a national leader in the synthetic turf field building industry in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond, we welcome the opportunity to serve VYSA and to providing the highest quality synthetic turf soccer pitches available with our team of SCM, AstroTurf, and Brock” said SCM Partner Leroy Lawson.

“The Virginia Youth Soccer Association has made a long term commitment to building the safest, best performing synthetic turf fields possible,” commented Ronnie Pascale, Eastern Region VP for Brock International.  “This was evident from the beginning with their diligent research and commitment to finding the right partners for this project.  Our shock pad testing shows that the system being installed at the VSTC will not only provide a playing surface that will very closely resemble the best natural grass fields, but it will also provide a safe surface for years to come. Brock International is extremely excited to be a part of the team building the synthetic turf fields at the Virginia Soccer Training Center.”

About the Virginia Soccer Training Center: The Virginia Soccer Training Center (VSTC) is owned and operated by VYSA and is one of the finest soccer training facilities on the East Coast. Situated on 50 acres of former farmland in Spotsylvania County half way between Washington, DC and Richmond, the facility boasts nine FIFA regulation fields including a small stadium. The facility will be the future home of VYSA’s State offices and indoor training facility.

About the Virginia Youth Soccer Association: The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) is a member of the US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer representing over 170,000 youth players, coaches and administrators in the Commonwealth of Virginia and DC. VYSA oversees programs including the Olympic Development Program (ODP), the National Championship Series (State Cup), the VYSA Academy Program, Coaching Education and more.