When artificial pitches first emerged they were quickly written off as a failed fad, but massive advances in the technology behind them mean they are now being embraced by grassroots clubs. In fact, some are even calling for the return of artificial surfaces in English football leagues – particularly at cash-strapped clubs of Leagues One and Two. But how much does a 4G pitch cost and is it worth the investment?
A full-size grass pitch needs a lot of maintenance to keep it in good condition, especially when you’re playing competitive games. As a result, the surface can be extremely expensive for some clubs.
But that’s not to say it isn’t possible to build a good quality 3G or 4G football pitch on a budget. It just takes a bit of planning and research to find the right installers to get the job done at a price that’s within your budget.
Of course, you will have to think about more than just the cost of laying a pitch, and there’s also the cost of other equipment such as goals, floodlights, and rebound boards. Fortunately, there are plenty of pitch laying companies that will help you work out the cost of your new surface and get it installed to a high standard.
While there are many different types of synthetic surface on the market, 3G is still the most popular choice for most clubs. This type of all-weather flooring is suitable for most sports and can be used in all weather conditions. This means your club won’t be at risk of losing fixtures or having to cancel training sessions because of bad weather.
3G pitches are long-pile synthetic surfaces that have a pile height of between 35mm and 65mm. They’re typically filled with a mixture of sand and performance infill, which helps them meet the requirements for accreditation by sport’s governing bodies such as FIFA, FIH, RFU, and BS-EN.
4G is the latest development in synthetic surfacing and has no infill, so it’s not widely available yet. However, it’s expected to be a big hit for schools and leisure centres because it can be used for many activities in all weather. That way, your club won’t have to lose money by shutting down in the rain and you can continue to earn through the rental of facilities out after hours.
A search of ‘4G pitch cost’ may not yield huge numbers of results at present, but this is because the surface is relatively new and hasn’t been fully accredited by sport’s governing bodies. But it is likely that this type of fourth generation artificial surface will soon become more commonplace as the cost and reliability improve. The good news is that, once approved, it’s expected to offer the same excellent performance as its 3G counterparts and provide a safe and comfortable surface for all sports. This will be ideal for schools, clubs and recreational centres that want to continue to operate after the working day has finished.