Artificial turf does not necessarily have to be permanently installed although this is the way the vast majority of locations operate. There are certain circumstances where it would be preferable to have the option of removing the synthetic turf as the situation changes. There has already been attempts to create different types of temporary synthetic grass solutions, some are in use others ahve not been quite so successful.

Indoor sporting facilities in particular make use of temporary synthetic turf solutions with the arenas required for a multitude of different events. We often watch tennis tournaments take place after a synthetic turf carpet has been laid down to form the centre court. Similarly indoor soccer courts may be assembled and disassembled quickly and efficiently when other events are being held in the facilities.

There has been work done in bringing the possibility of creating an outdoor synthetic turf system that can be installed over the top of a natural grass field for a short period of time before being packed away and put into storage. The idea is that the grass field could be turned into a multi-sport venue that is suitable for a wider range of sports, creating a hockey surface that can be placed on top of a football ground.

One of the attempts to produce a temporary synthetic turf surface was a modular system that can be assembled, moved around and taken up again when finished. The modular system would include the standard synthetic turf grass fibers that would then be infilled with a layer of particulate materials. The problem with the system is devising a way to keep the turf tiles from moving around under the pressure of heavy contact during game conditions.

To date these systems have met with only limited success with greater results having been achieved with removable natural turf systems that have been able to be brought in to replace damaged turf as needed. Work is still required to provide a solution that will be able to withstand the rigors of competition successfully.