Should you have a drain system for a grass sports field? Yes. Natural grass fields create great playing surfaces for sports teams, but they have specific drainage needs. Let’s look at what those needs are and how a drainage system like Hydraway can drain your grass field effectively.
Natural turf and synthetic or artificial turf have one major thing in common – they both require drainage to avoid major issues.. These issues and problems include increased erosion, playing surface instability, and drain clogging. Since no natural turf field is truly flat, natural sports fields have a higher risk of eroding. Also, if a perforated pipe system or other traditional drainage system is installed, it can clog more easily due to silt and other soil particles in the natural turf field. Erosion and clogging reduces the drainage system’s ability to remove excess water from the field. If the field collects and holds water that it cannot drain, the field becomes less safe for teams to play on after a rainstorm. If the field is in an area that receives a lot of rain, it can become unusable and dangerous after large amounts of rainfall occur. Downtime due to poor or inadequate drainage can lead to lost revenue for the field owner as well as increased cost for teams to reschedule canceled games.
Hydraway’s systems, for 30+ years now, has provided drainage for fields located in all climate conditions, throughout the world. Hydraway allows water to enter the drainage system with an inflow rate of over 70% faster than any other drainage system available. In addition, the superior design and filtration, protect the fields’ playing surface by minimizing the risk of erosion or clogging that is common with conventional drain tile.. We do this by designing our systems to have thermally bonded cores, needle-punctured construction that allows higher water inflow rates without allowing soil to clog the system.
With successful installations worldwide, Hydraway has never had any reports of defective system failures. No matter how severe the conditions are, Hydraway has been, and continues to be selected as the first choice when it comes to sports field drainage. For example, we installed our Hydraway 2000 strip drain system on a natural turf baseball field in New Orleans. This field was below sea level, so we had to install the system below the field’s surface, but above a liner that kept the field’s surface water isolated from the ground water during flooding conditions.. We installed our system horizontally so it didn’t interfere with the liner but still moved the water from away from the field. Our installing partner completed this new drainage system ahead of schedule. Afterward, rainouts were no longer an issue and having to reschedule canceled games ,due to poor weather, was a thing of the past, thanks to Hydraway.
Yes, we can drain natural grass fields meant for all athletic events, including professional sports teams. In 2011, the Toronto Blue Jays contacted us after one of their practice fields in Dunedin, FL failed to drain after a rainstorm. They asked us to install a Hydraway 2000 system on the practice field that had the worst drainage issues. As soon as we installed the system, the Blue Jays organization saw how well it worked. They asked us to install Hydraway 2000 on several more practice fields, as well as their Spring Training game field at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Since utilizing one of our field drainage contractors to install Hydraway, the Blue Jays haven’t had any more drainage problems. As other MLB teams have experienced the benefits of Hydraway at the Blue Jay’s complex, other MLB teams have followed their lead to solve their drainage problems.
If your natural turf field has drainage problems, reach out to Hydraway today. We can assess your field’s current drainage issues, then work with you to select the right Hydraway drainage system for your field’s needs. Once you select a drainage system, we can connect you with our network of installation partners if you need assistance with the installation. After the installation is complete, you can enjoy the performance of a drained athletic field where you won’t have to cancel games in the aftermath of a rain or thunderstorm event. Let us help you create the right customized drainage system for your natural grass field.