Artificial Sports Turf Market size is forecast to reach $2.1 billion by 2026, after growing at a CAGR of 6.8% during 2021-2026 due to its various properties such as low maintenance, fewer chances of injury, and high durability. The artificial sports turf is used in the areas for sports that require playing surface with the most realistic, sport-specific performance, and durability with less maintenance. Artificial turf materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene, and others are used in most sports arenas such as football, hockey, baseball, golf, and so on as they can withstand high temperatures. The annual cost of maintaining a sports field with artificial turf is much lower than in the case of natural grass. In addition, increasing demand for the eco-friendly and high durability of artificial turf in various landscaping applications such as sports fields and the stadium is likely to propel the growth of the artificial sports turf market.
During the COVID pandemic 2020, major sectors saw a steady decline in growth owing to the decrease in transportation, supply chain, and production activities during the lockdown. In addition, the turf production also had been closed from the first quarter of 2020.
Artificial Sports Turf Market Segment Analysis – By Material
Polyethylene segment held the largest share in the artificial sports turf market in 2020 due to heat absorption properties. Polyethylene can stand up at high temperatures without getting matted down. Polyethylene artificial turf grass looks amazing with bright green colors and plenty of textures also feels softer and more natural than other materials. Polyethylene is widely used in athletic fields such as baseball, tennis, and soccer. It has withstanding power to wear and tear far better than other materials. Thus, the increasing adoption of polyethylene is estimated to grow the market of artificial sports turf.
Artificial Sports Turf Market Segment Analysis – By Type
Third-generation artificial turf segment type dominated the artificial sports turf market in 2020. Third-generation artificial turf surfaces utilize longer turf grass with a combination of rubber and sand infill to offer heightened performance. Third-generation artificial turf is safe and suitable for a variety of sports that would normally play on natural grass surfaces, such as baseball, with the additional benefit of being able to play during cold or wet weather. Third-generation artificial turf surface can also be combined with a shock-absorbent pad to make it ideal for higher impact and more demanding sports such as rugby, tennis, and golf. Thus rising adoption due to low maintenance cost and weather resistance Third-generation artificial sports turf is boosted the artificial sports turf market.
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Artificial Sports Turf Market Segment Analysis – By Application
Football pitches application segment dominated the artificial sports turf market in 2020 and is growing at a CAGR of 7% during 2021-2026. During football, there are maximum chances of injury to sportsmen, thus this turf is safe from injuries. The artificial sports turf is used in most sports where there is a need for high durability of turfgrass. The turf is made from polypropylene, polyethylene, and recycled polymers, which increases the production of turf and demand from end-users. Artificial sports turf involves low maintenance cost and does not require irrigation, mowing, trimming, watering, and pesticides. In a football stadium, artificial sports turf can use sooner than natural pitches after rain leading to fewer delays and cancellations. Artificial sports turf minimizes the risk of friction between skin and the playing surface which is boosting the market for artificial sports turf.
Artificial Sports Turf Market Segment Analysis – By Geography
Europe dominated the artificial turf market with a share of 32% in 2020. Rugby is a major sport in France, and over the last six years, around 277 synthetic pitches have been installed, which account for 4% of all the pitches installed across France, among the 29 countries where rugby is played. In Germany, the consumers are more aware of the increasing use of artificial turf to reduce the foreign object debris damage at runways from the artificial turf. Furthermore, European sports associates are recommending the usage of artificial turf for playing due to minimal chances of injuries to players. The increase in development activities for artificial sports turf due to safety concerns of sports players, government support for the maintenance of artificial turf facilities, and infrastructure to promote sports activities, mainly football and rugby, is expected to drive the artificial sports turf market in this region during the forecast period.
Artificial Sports Turf Market Drivers
Increasing Sports Activities are Growing Demand for Stadiums
According to the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), Master Athletics activities are organized in 2021. The activity includes running cycling or cross-country skiing that involves large muscle groups of both genders male and females. Additionally, International Basketball Federation (FIBA), organized FIBA Asia Championship will be the 30th continental basketball championship in 2021. Thus, rising sports activities are estimated to grow the number of the stadium which, in turn, increasing demand for artificial sports turf.
Rising Investment in Sport Sector
Artificial turf is safe for sports, thus increasing investment in the sports sector is expected to grow the market size during the projected year. According to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Department, the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) assistance to sports organizations as Rs. 127.28 crore (US$ 18.07 million) in 2019 in India. This helps to increase more sports activities, in turn, increasing demand for athletic shoes. According to the Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS), the Indian fantasy sports industry is expected to be worth US$ 3.7 billion by 2024, which is creating a huge opportunity for artificial sports turf.
Artificial Sports Turf Market Challenges
High Coat of Turf MaterialNylon-based artificial turf is stiff and retains its original shape even in extreme athletic applications and in heavy foot traffic areas. However, their unlikely resemblance to natural turf and high coasts has limited their penetration in residential, commercial, and sports applications. Polypropylene-based artificial turf is getting in lower costs but the same physical factors are missing from it such as durability, softness, and resilience. Thus, the high cost of turf materials is limiting the market growth.
Artificial Sports Turf Market Outlook
Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the Artificial Sports Turf Market. Major players in the artificial sports turf market are AstroTurf, FieldTurf, CoCreation Grass Corporation, Global Syn-Turf Inc., Avalon Grass, SYNLAWN, The Dow Chemical Company (DOW), GrassTex, SPORTURF, TigerTurf, GREENFIELDS, and among others.
In April 2020, SYNLAWN ARTIFICIAL GRASS, the manufacturer of artificial grass in North America, announced that its distributors across the country are offering ProGienics Hard Surface Disinfectant by ProVetLogic. This one-step product is quick and efficient for the battle against the current human coronavirus COVID-19 in 2019 as well as against certain pathogens, algae, mildew, algae, germs, and toxic bacteria. SYNLawn’s disinfectant should be used on commercially and domestically-produced artificial turf. It purifies and disinfects hard non-porous surfaces used in classrooms, playgrounds, livestock fields, and others.
Europe dominates the artificial sports turf market owing to increasing demand from the sports sector and switching trends from natural grass to synthetic grass.
Increasing adoption of polyethylene as it stands by heavyweight and high temperature without losing their original shape, which is expected to grow the market of artificial sports turf.
Increasing demand for temperature-resistant sports turf grass in the European countries will create growth for the artificial sports turf market.
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