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Last Updated on February 15, 2023 by UDC Sports

Artificial turf football fields have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their durability, low maintenance needs, and low upkeep costs.

While building a new artificial turf football field is obviously not a small undertaking, the construction cost of such a field can vary significantly depending on a variety of factors.

In this guide, we’ll explore some—but certainly not allof the various factors that impact the cost of building (or replacing) an artificial turf football field.

Key Factors that Can Affect the Cost of Building an Artificial Turf Football Field

1. Size of the Field

First and foremost, the size of the field is a critical factor that affects the construction cost. The larger the field, the more materials will be required, and the more labor will be needed to install them.

In addition, if the field requires any additional features such as a running track, that will also add to the cost. Therefore, before embarking on the project, it is essential to have a clear understanding of the desired size and additional features of the field.

2. Type of Artificial Turf

The type of artificial grass used is another critical factor that impacts the cost. Many people think all synthetic grass is the same astro turf type of material, but different artificial turf products can vary significantly in quality, looks, durability, and price. It’s essential to select the right type of turf for the specific project.

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A higher quality turf may last longer, but it may also cost more upfront. Therefore, it’s essential to select the best quality turf that fits within your budget.

Consider installing high-quality used artificial turf that has been reclaimed from stadiums and other sports facilities, and renewed to like-new condition, for the most budget-friendly option.

3. Base Installation & Drainage System

The base installation and drainage system are critical components of a field. The base of an artificial turf field is the foundation on which the turf is installed, and it is crucial for the safety and durability of the field.

A picture What Does an Artificial Turf Football Field Cost to Build? of with Republic SportsThe type of base required will depend on the specific project, including factors such as soil conditions, drainage requirements, the size of the field, and the amount of traffic the field will see. A more complex base system will increase the cost of construction.

4. Labor Cost

The cost of labor is another factor that needs to be considered when budgeting for an artificial turf football field. The amount of labor required will depend on the size of the field, the complexity of the base system, and the number of additional features.

Hiring an experienced sports construction firm that also handles project management, like UDC Sports, can ensure the hiring of qualified workers who are well-versed in the installation of artificial turf football fields to ensure the highest quality work, keep costs down, minimize any potential issues down the road.

5. Permitting, Equipment, Landscaping, & Other Expenses

Finally, it’s essential to account for possible additional expenses such as permits, equipment, and landscaping. These costs may not be immediately apparent, but they can add up quickly and significantly impact the overall cost of the project. Therefore, it’s critical to take into account all these potential additional expenses when estimating the final cost of the construction project.


As you can see, the cost of building an artificial turf football field can vary significantly depending on various factors. Some of these factors include the size of the field, the type of turf material used, the type of base required, the cost of labor, and additional expenses such as permits and equipment rental.

For a large project like building a new sports field, it’s critical that you work with a professional sports field construction company—one with the experience and expertise to help you navigate all of these factors and any others related to your unique project. This will help to ensure construction of the highest quality artificial turf football field that fits within your budget.

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If you’re interested in building a grass or artificial turf football field, reach out to UDC Sports. We have years of experience in designing and building artificial turf sports fields, and can help you navigate the various factors that impact the cost of the project. We’ll work with you to design and build a custom field that meets your specific needs and budget. Contact UDC Sports today to learn more about how we can help you with your project. Give us a call at 828-518-5787, or click here to email us.

UDC Sports

UDC Sports is a premier provider of sports field and facility construction services with over 20 years of experience. We are experts in all aspects of sports facility construction, from site preparation to drainage to turf installation, regardless of the sport. We stay up-to-date with the latest industry standards and practices, and our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction is unwavering, as evidenced by our 100% client satisfaction rating. With years of experience in product selection and project management, UDC Sports combines state-of-the-art construction materials and methods with a creative approach to turning client visions into reality. Whether you're building a 10,000 seat stadium or a backyard batting cage, we're here to make sure your vision is accomplished.