“I’d have some objections if we were playing in a parking lot,” Watt said, to laughter. “But the turf, grass, doesn’t matter to me.”
The multimillion-dollar, privately funded athletic facility proposed in Oakwood Ohio highlights the growing use of artificial turf in high school sports.
The estimated $2.5 million project includes a synthetic turf field, 8-lane regulation track, restrooms and 1,000-seat capacity bleachers. It would be built on what is now the parking lot of the Old River Sports Complex and would serve an estimated 400 student athletes, as well as members of the community.
The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) today announced environmental guidelines for testing crumb rubber and other infills used in synthetic turf sports and recreation fields. The STC Suggested Environmental Guidelines for Infill are designed to add another level of information for parents, players, owners and operators of synthetic turf fields.
Late in 2014, the use of crumb rubber infill in synthetic turf fields was called into question by media reports alleging a possible causal link to illnesses in soccer players who played extensively on these fields. “One of STC’s missions is to serve as a public repository of independent and commissioned studies that have been done on synthetic turf and turf infill. The STC has numerous studies available on its website, and in every case, when scientifically studied and scrutinized, each has shown there is no elevated risk to human health or environmental safety,” said Al Garver, President of the Synthetic Turf Council. The STC believes reliable scientific data should be the foundation of any discussion regarding the safety of synthetic turf.