From young children playing their first soccer game to professional athletes trampling a field for 90 minutes, sports fields receive quite a bit of punishment. If a drainage system isn’t capable of eliminating water buildup from a field, a cascade of negative outcomes is virtually inevitable.
When a drainage system isn’t working properly, standing water can build up on top of and even under the surface of a field. Even on a field where no one ever walks, this can cause erosion. On a sports field, excess water poses an almost immediate threat.
Field Damage – When players run over a wet field, particularly in cleats that so many athletes wear, one certainty is that the surface will sustain some sort of damage. This can range from minor problems that are purely aesthetic to expensive repairs. The field could even become unplayable under certain circumstances.
Over time, natural forces like erosion will combine with running athletes to produce an unlevel field. Problems like this often require expensive resurfacing projects and could result in long-term closures.
Player Safety – There is the obvious concern of players simply slipping on wet grass, but the risk of a player injury will steadily increase the longer a drainage problem is left unsolved. Once the problem has progressed to the point where a field is unlevel or is covered in potholes, a player twisting their ankle or worse is a virtual guarantee.
Once players start being injured due to a damaged field, revenue from ticket sales are likely to plummet. All of this can be avoided by using a properly designed, modern drainage system.