Football Pitch Drainage
Proper drainage design is absolutely critical to building a football pitch. Hydraway supplies the equipment and expertise to get the job done right.
As one of the largest fields in professional and amateur sports, the football pitch has unique maintenance requirements. It’s not that the grass of a natural turf football pitch is inherently different than other fields, but the size of the field combined with the constant battering by 22 players running across the surface means a football pitch receives more punishment than a normal athletic field.
There are a number of ways to prevent damage but eliminating standing water and mitigating the powerful effects of erosion are two key goals. Drainage systems have taken many forms over the years and, slowly but surely, have culminated in the most effective drainage solution on the market today.
There are two fundamental problems water can cause that affect natural and synthetic turf fields alike.
When water builds up, either on the surface of a field or underneath, both the state of play and the physical state of the field can degrade. When players are running across a dry, healthy field, normal care procedures can mitigate the damaging effects of players’ cleats. However, throw a bit of excess water on the field and suddenly grass is turned to mud. Needless to say, this will result in player injury.
Water underneath the surface that’s trapped—next to ineffective drainage, for example—can repeatedly freeze and unfreeze in the winter and degrade the structural integrity of the football pitch itself. An unlevel playing field, the inevitable result of subsurface water buildup, can be incredibly expensive to fix.
If standing water is not dealt with quickly or if the water is allowed to drain from the field outside of normal channels, soil erosion is a virtual guarantee. Even more significant than the effects of a freeze and thaw cycle, erosion can slowly or suddenly result in damage to a field. Even if the surface grass stays relatively healthy, an unlevel surface can result.
The moral of the story is that field structure problems are incredibly disruptive and expensive. Bad drainage can result in bad outcomes like damage to a field, much worse outcomes like a player getting hurt, or both.