Artificial Grass through the Ages

1960  – Artificial grass was invented by David Chaney of the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

1964 – The first installation of fake grass was carried out at a school in Providence Rhode Island.

1966 –  Chemgrass was famously installed at the enclosed Astrodome Stadium in Houston, Texas.  From then on, it would be known as ‘Astro’ turf.

1967 – Astroturf was patented by Monsanto Industries, Chemgrass’s parent company.

1981 – Queens Park Rangers were the first Premiership team to install an artificial pitch.

1985 – There were 4 artificial surfaces in operation in the English league.

1988 – QPR became the first club to remove an artificial pitch after players complained.

1992 – Artificial grass was first used for landscaping by Envy Turf in Las Vegas.

1995 – Astro turf was banned by English Football League.

2001 – FIFA launched its Quality Concept certifying the use of artificial turf.

2002 – LeisureTechLawns was formed.

2005 – UEFA announced that approved surfaces were to be permitted in their competitions.

2006 – British Journal of Sports Medicine published a study concluding there were no significant differences in injury data between artificial and natural football pitches, for 10 clubs over a 2.5 year period.

2007 – Alan Titchmarsh wrote a column published in the Express titled ‘Some intelligence in artificial lawns.’

2009 – Globally the fake grass industry is said to be worth £1.3 Billion a year, growing at a 20% per year.

2010 – B&Q saw fake grass sales sky-rocket 126% a year after launching their range.  The first competitive match on a partially synthetic surface was played at Wembley.  Fake grass made its debut at the Chelsea Flower Show.

2012 – UK market is worth £300 Million a year, growing at a rate of 35%.

2013 – Ebay reported record sales of artificial grass in Spring, up 44% due to bad weather in the UK.

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