AstroTurf—it’s one of the most iconic brands in sports.
While everyone recognizes the name, not everyone knows the history.
AstroTurf takes its name from the Houston Astrodome, where it was first used in a professional sports venue in 1965.
More than 50 years later, the AstroTurf organization can look back on many milestones.
Started for the Astrodome18/12/1965
Ribbon extrusion started for the Astrodome 6 filaments at a time
AstroTurf installed at Houston AstroDome for baseball and football fields
First outdoor synthetic turf20/12/1967
First outdoor synthetic turf installations at Indiana State University and Seattle Memorial Stadium
New facility opened20/12/1968
Astroturf Dalton facility opened
First major league20/12/1969
First major league outdoor baseball stadium installed (Chicago White Sox)
First baseball world series20/12/1970
First Baseball World Series played on AstroTurf at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium
Astroturf olympic debut20/12/1976
AstroTurf Olympic debut at Molson Stadium (Montreal, Canada). Olympic Stadium converted to AstroTurf in 5 weeks following games
World Cup Hockey20/12/1983
Women’s World Cup Hockey played on AstroTurf
First Elastic Layer systems installed20/12/1989
First Elastic Layer (E-Layer®) systems installed at William and Mary and University of California, Berkeley
Polypropylene extruded and texturized monofilament ribbon introduced20/11/1992
Polypropylene extruded and texturized monofilament ribbon introduced
AstroTurf surfaces used for Barcelona Olympic Games Field Hockey
AstroTurf System 9620/12/1996
Atlanta Olympic Field Hockey installs AstroTurf System 96
First Premier League20/12/1999
First Premier League caliber European soccer club, Real Madrid Club de Futbol, purchases AstroPlay
AstroPlay selected by major European Clubs20/12/2000
AstroPlay selected by major European Clubs, including Manchester United (UK); Real Madrid and Valladolid (Spain); Schalke04 and SSV Ulm (Germany); and Nancy Lorraine (France)
AstroTurf & SportGroup20/12/2016
June 28, 2016 AstroTurf announces it would be bought by SportGroup, a German-based sports surfacing company. The acquisition would form the largest sports surfacing company in the world.