We have elaborated a concept of fifth-generation artificial turf pitches called 5G Sport, which is unique in Europe. Football clubs can lease the next-generation 5G pitches similarly to an operating lease, which is currently the predominant method for obtaining vehicles and IT equipment. 5G Sport releases a football club or local authority from the need to pay a sizeable amount of money for the new pitch and take responsibility for maintaining it.
The monthly lease payments are evenly distributed over the entire lease period and the first instalment is 0 euros. The lease payments also include the cost of regular maintenance of the pitch using modern equipment, such as removing tree leaves, and debris, brushing turf fibres, adding rubber infill, and repairing damaged areas of the artificial turf, if needed. In addition, the monthly payment includes subsequent utilisation of the turf, which is not cheap at all – in the case of a full-sized football pitch 250–300 tonnes of various materials have to be recycled.