Artificial Pet Turf Featured in First U.S. Dog-Friendly Ballpark

5This season, local pet parents can take their dogs to a different kind of park, the ballpark at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. The Arizona Diamondbacks have hit a home run by partnering with PetSmart, Inc., to create a dog-friendly experience both baseball fans and their furry friends can enjoy. To make these areas ready for canines of all sizes, they brought in Arizona Artificial Lawns to assist with pet-friendly artificial grass to be used at the PetSmart Patio and Petsmart Park areas.

ballpark-pet-grassLocated along the main concourse behind the left-center field wall is the PetSmart Patio. This pet-friendly pavilion is a multi-tiered seating area that includes approximately 800 square feet of pet turf across four sets of runners in the stands. These semi-private spaces accommodate four people and one dog. While pet parents can nosh on All-You-Can-Eat snacks, pooches can also enjoy special treats like pup-approved doggie ice cream!

When dogs need to take a potty break or need play time, they can visit one of the two PetSmart Parks. The air-conditioned indoor play area features approximately 500 square feet of artificial grass for dogs while the outdoor dog park is larger at approximately 1,200 square feet and includes a painted baseball diamond on the artificial grass.

ChaseField1According to Lisa Mattson, Vice-President of Business Development, a dense, high-traffic turf was used to help combat matting in the highly utilized area. During those hot summer days, the soft polyethylene blades stay cooler because our heat reduction lowers surface temperatures. The product also includes BioCel polyurethane, an environmentally friendly bio-based backing that “locks” in durable turf fibers and extends the life of the product.

While other Major League Baseball teams have held Bark at the Park events one or more times a year, this is the first ballpark where dogs are welcomed at all 13 Sunday home games. Mattson noted that since the dog areas won’t be used for every baseball game, most areas are removable so that the pet turf can be taken out, cleaned and put back down.

ballpark-pet-turfPet parents have until October to cheer on the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. During each home game, your furry friend could be the next MVP and receive a shout out for being the Most Valuable Pup. Didn’t bring a dog? Don’t worry! Some baseball fans may even go home with a new family member thanks to PetSmart’s adoption program. The two pet adoption areas, which feature 300 total square feet of pet turf, showcase dogs ready for their forever homes.

For information on ticket packages, visit the team’s website. We’d love to tell you more about our artificial grass installations in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. To inquire about your commercial or residential pet project, give us a call at 623-584-1456 or contact us now!