March 21st is AstroTurf Day; An Annual Celebration of Innovation in Sports

Today marks a significant milestone in the history of sports and recreation as we celebrate AstroTurf Day, commemorating the revolution in synthetic turf technology that has transformed athletic fields worldwide. AstroTurf, the original pioneer of synthetic turf, has been at the forefront of athletic surface innovation for over half a century, making today not just a celebration of a product, but a tribute to a legacy of excellence, innovation, and commitment to quality.

AstroTurf Day is observed in honor of the first major league game played on synthetic turf on March 21, 1966, at the iconic Houston Astrodome. This game between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers not only marked a significant technological advancement in sports history but also set the stage for the countless iconic moments that AstroTurf fields would host in the decades to follow.

From the World Series to the Super Bowl, from the Olympics to Major League All-Star Games, AstroTurf has provided the stage for athletes to showcase their talents, break records, and inspire generations. The brand’s influence extends beyond professional sports, touching the lives of student-athletes and sports enthusiasts at colleges, high schools, and sports complexes across the United States.

AstroTurf’s journey from the space race era’s “ChemGrass” to today’s advanced synthetic turf systems illustrates a relentless pursuit of replicating the feel, performance, and safety of natural grass. Through continuous innovation and dedication, AstroTurf has managed to achieve this goal, offering surfaces that not only meet but often exceed the gold standard of professionally maintained natural grass.

Owned by Sport Group, a global leader in sports surfacing, AstroTurf continues to expand its reach and impact, bringing together the best in the industry to offer superior playing surfaces that enable safe, high-performance play. Today, AstroTurf is more than just a brand; it’s a symbol of enduring excellence and innovation in the world of sports.

As we celebrate AstroTurf Day, we extend our gratitude to the community of Dalton, Georgia, the dedicated employees, and the countless athletes and fans who have been a part of this incredible journey. AstroTurf CEO Rob Dant reflects on this special occasion, “We are immensely proud of the legacy we’ve built and the role we play in sports and communities around the world. Today is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and expertise that have propelled AstroTurf to the forefront of our industry.”

AstroTurf Day is not only a time to look back on the achievements of the past but also to look forward to the future. As we continue to innovate and lead the way in synthetic turf technology, we remain committed to providing the highest quality, most advanced, and safest playing surfaces for athletes at all levels.

On this AstroTurf Day, we invite everyone to join us in celebrating the spirit of innovation and the pursuit of excellence that AstroTurf represents. Here’s to many more years of breaking new ground, setting higher standards, and inspiring the next generation of athletes and fans. Happy AstroTurf Day!

About AstroTurf 

For athletes and sports enthusiasts, AstroTurf has revolutionized the game. The brand offers advanced, multi-sport, and specialized synthetic turf systems equipped with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams, and municipalities are choosing AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. For more information, visit