Whilst there has been early resistance to employing synthetic pitches in professional football, an increasing number of football clubs have recently switched to synthetic turf in Europe. The reasons for its increasing popularity range from quality improvements and regulatory changes, to proven business cases and football reasons. This report, commissioned by ESTO (The European Synthetic Turf Organisation) to KPMG, aims to assess the costs and benefits of applying synthetic turf in football stadiums across Europe.
An analysis of the costs and benefits of using synthetic turf was prepared based on interviews with industry stakeholders, regulators, as well as stadium/club managers who have switched to synthetic turf. Furthermore, we have critically assessed the available literature on the costs and benefits of utilizing synthetic turf with the aim of understanding the financial and broader impacts associated with its application.
Key highlights from the Synthetic Turf Study include:
An analysis of the costs and benefits of using synthetic turf seems to provide a business case for at least considering, under certain circumstances, a switch from natural grass.
Please download the Synthetic Turf Study from here.