Many people who are new to the game of hockey might have observed that the hockey fields are always covered in water even though it isn’t raining even a tiny bit. Many a time, when a player strikes a hockey ball, a plume of water sometimes sprays up from the ground. Is this common in the game of hockey? The answer is a simple Yes.
The reason why hockey pitches always have water is because they are watered in advance before each and every hockey match. The reason for this is; hockey, these days, is played on artificial pitches, which makes it quite difficult to move the ball around for the players if the pitch isn’t watered. So pitches are watered in order to improve the pace of play.
GreenFields, a company which produces artificial hockey turfs for many tournaments further elaborated on why the hockey pitches are always watered.
A spokesperson for the company said:
“The pitch is fully irrigated with a layer of water which results in an extremely fast and professional game. Due to the absence of sand, the blades of artificial grass are free-moving which enables players to get their hockey stick under the ball. This allows for a technical game with many possibilities.”
It is due to this very simple reason that hockey turfs are always watered so that the spectators could be treated to a better and faster brand of hockey.