“Hybrid technology has progressed immensely since its introduction in the 90s,” said Carl Capellas, AstroTurf’s Manager of Soccer Sales, North and South America. “SISGrass is at the forefront of the newest technology, which leads to the highest-performing grass fields in the world.”
SISGrass pitches are 95% natural grass reinforced with high-performance polyethylene fibers. The blend of real grass with synthetic yarns achieves a superior playing surface for soccer, rugby, football, golf, cricket and other major sports. The concept was also used for some of the fields used for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
“Their system is adaptable to different climates and grass types,” said Capellas. “AstroTurf is happy to partner with them in the United States.”
As more soccer clubs in Europe, Africa, and Asia turn to hybrid grass, more players have the chance to practice and compete on a combination field. Hybrid fields promise longer playing hours and the endurance of synthetic turf. The concept is believed to be able to withstand up to 400 hours of play per year. The company also uses laser technology for accurate installation.
“The hybrid system is growing in popularity in the United States and will continue to do so,” added Capellas. “It really is a growing market. More and more organizations and schools are going to want to go with a hybrid system. This is the technology that is sought after by professional clubs around the world. This is what they want.”
“We are pleased and thrilled that we have partnered with AstroTurf for the US market,” said Ivo Lamot, Managing Director, SISGrass. “Many NFL players want to change back to natural grass, and we are already working with some big names, including the Green Bay Packers and the San Jose Earthquakes.
“We are looking forward to our partnership with AstroTurf for the US market. Not only because of our passion for sport, but also our innovative pitch technology, giving our clients more robust surface while retaining the tradition of playing on grass.”
This partnership marks another step forward for AstroTurf. But it’s also an exciting leap ahead for US athletic programs at all levels, from high school soccer pitches to professional sports.