Feature Article - June 2009
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A Look at Regional Trends

The Midwestern respondents, in addition to being the least likely to have plans in place, also plan to spend the smallest amount on the plans they do have, 23.4 percent less than the national average, at $3,703,000. That said, while they plan to spend less than last year's respondents from this region, the decrease is a relatively modest 4 percent.

More in line with the national average are those in the Northeast, who plan to spend 8.5 percent less at $4,422,000 (a 23.2 percent jump from last year) and those in the South Central region, who plan to spend $4,791,000, 9.1 percent less than the national average, and 12.3 percent less than respondents in this region last year were planning to spend. (See Figure 30.)

In some regions, specific types of amenities were found to be more prevalent than others. In some cases, this is driven by obvious differences in climate and geography.

In areas where water shortages are more prevalent and space for additional sports fields is limited, for example, one might expect to see a greater number of synthetic turf fields. This bears out in our results, wherein 17.1 percent of our Northeastern respondents, whose space is more likely to be limited, and 10.5 percent of our Western respondents, who are more likely to need to conserve water, currently include synthetic turf fields. What's more, these regions lead in terms of adding more synthetic turf over the next several years: 11.2 percent of those in the Northeast and 10.8 percent of those in the West indicated they have plans to do so, compared to 4.4 percent of those in the South Central states and 5.4 percent of Midwestern respondents.