Surfaces such as a 3G artificial pitch for playing high impact sports like football have become ever more popular as the technology for this ‘fake grass’ type of material has improved over the years to the point where the benefits of playing on a softer surface are matched by low 3G pitch maintenance needs.
The 3G pitch cost in terms of installation is, over time, compensated by the ability to play in all weathers compared to grass and, bearing in mind how maintenance intensive real grass is and the associated costs, can save money in the long run.
It is also possible that 3G pitch funding may be available to help promote sports participation in certain environments, such as schools or socially deprived locations, so making 3G pitch installation cost less of an issue.
3G pitches are definitely becoming more popular amongst sports venues and schools as a search for ‘3G pitches near me’ would likely show, and their quality is recognised by football and rugby governing bodies such as FIFA, FA, IRB, RFU and RFL.
Is a 3G pitch astroturf?
The terms ‘astroturf,’ ‘3G pitch astro’ and ‘artificial grass’ are often used interchangeably, but there are certain differences between them. Astroturf is actually the name of an American company who were amongst the first to offer artificial grass-based surfaces so their name became somewhat generic - similar to the way the name of manufacturer Hoover is often used when referring to a vacuum cleaner.
Nowadays astroturf refers generally to sand filled fake grass football and hockey pitches.
Advances in 3G pitch tech
We are accredited installers for TigerTurf - a company with a 20 year track record of artificial surface manufacture.
A 3G pitch installation is used to describe the technology and is not an actual brand: ‘3G’ stands for ‘third generation’ similar to how mobile phone technology uses numbered generations to refer to improving network tech such as ‘4G’ and the incoming ‘5G’.
With a 3G pitch surface, the technology involves the use of silica sand and a rubber crumb infill in conjunction with artificial grass to help cushion the ball and make for a realistic bounce - one area where 3G pitches may be preferable to a hard surface where the ball bounce is usually more pronounced.
The pile height of the grass - like carpet pile - is higher on a 3G pitch compared to a domestic fake lawn, so the rubber 3G pitch infill is also needed to support the higher blades of grass.
Importance of 3G pitch maintenance
While 3G pitches require much less maintenance than real grass, they still require some attention preferably from specialists like ourselves with over 20 years experience and expertise as 3G pitch suppliers and maintenance specialists.
Over a period of time your 3G pitches may need some attention: at the very least regular brushing away of debris and possibly vacuuming may be required, and after a while some rejuvenation may be needed after a prolonged period of hard use. For instance, repairing the base or replacing contaminated 3G pitch infill to prevent the surface becoming too firm may be required.