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An Early Look at the 2025 SFMA Conference

SFMA staff and committees have been working hard to prepare for the highly anticipated conference in Palm Springs, California, January 12-16, 2025. SFMA shared the following sneak peek at components that are falling into place.


Education is a key focus of the SFMA Conference; staff and the Education Committee have pieced together a diverse range of tracks to cater to the needs and interests of attendees.

The finalized conference education tracks are as follows:

  • Turfgrass Management: Explore the latest advancements, best practices, and strategies in maintaining and managing turfgrass for various applications.
  • Research/Technology: Delve into cutting-edge research and technological innovations that are revolutionizing the industry and shaping its future.
  • Synthetic: Gain insights into synthetic materials, surfaces, and their applications in sports and recreation facilities.
  • Professional Development: Enhance your skills and expand your professional horizons through workshops and sessions dedicated to personal and career growth.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Engage in important discussions and learn about initiatives promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the sports field management industry.
  • Pest Control: Explore the latest advancements in pest control specifically designed for sports field environments. This track covers pest management techniques, biological controls, and eco-friendly pesticides that effectively manage pests while ensuring the safety of athletes and maintaining the aesthetic quality of the fields
  • Sustainability/BMP: Delve into the principles of sustainability and best management practices (BMP) tailored for sports field management. This track focuses on strategies to enhance environmental stewardship, including water conservation, soil health and the use of organic materials.


  • SAFE Golf Tournament: Picture yourself swinging away on the green, enjoying friendly competition and basking in the beautiful Palm Beach weather. Thanks to the sponsorship of Diamond Pro and Tri-Tex Grass, the SAFE Golf Tournament will be a fun-filled day.
  • Field Rebuild with Project Evergreen: SFMA believes in giving back to the community in which the conference is held. That is why SFMA is once again partnering with Project Evergreen to revitalize a local sports field and create a safe and welcoming space for athletes and the community to enjoy.
  • SAFE Bowling Tournament: Put on your bowling shoes and prepare for a strikingly fun time! The SAFE Bowling Tournament is your chance to show off your skills, meet fellow attendees, and make lasting connections – all while benefiting the SAFE Foundation.
  • Welcome Reception: Kick off the conference in style at the Welcome Reception, sponsored by Covermaster and The Toro Company. It is the perfect opportunity to network, relax and get into the conference spirit.
  • First Timers, International and CSFM receptions: Whether it’s your first time attending, you’ve traveled from afar, or you’re a Certified Sports Field Manager (CSFM), there is a special reception just for you. Sponsored by AgStone LLC., these receptions allow you to connect with fellow professionals and celebrate the diverse SFMA community.
  • Annual Awards Reception: It’s time to honor the best in the sports field management industry. At the Annual Awards Reception, sponsored by Carolina Green and World Class Paint, SFMA will recognize outstanding achievements and contributions that have pushed forward sports field management.
  • F.I.E.L.D. Forum: Fostering Inclusion, Equity, Leadership, and Diversity in the Sports Field Industry (F.I.E.L.D.) SFMA is welcoming back this event focused on promoting inclusion and diversity. Sponsored by Hunter Industries, the event marks an opportunity to discuss and cultivate a more inclusive sports field management community.


The trade show and exhibition is one of the highlights of the SFMA Conference, and 2025 will be no exception.

Exhibition Hours:

  • Wednesday, January 15: 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 16: 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Exhibiting at the SFMA Conference offers visibility and brand awareness among a highly targeted audience of sports field management professionals. Showcase your products and services to decision makers who are eager to explore innovative solutions. Forge valuable connections with industry leaders, experts and potential clients, expand your market reach, discover new business opportunities and drive your company’s growth.

To become an exhibitor, you must be a current SFMA member. If you are not a member or need to renew your membership, contact sfmainfo@sportsfieldmanagement.org. For exhibition inquiries or questions about your booth, contact Trade Show Manager Michelle Mobley at mmobley@sportsfieldmanagement.org or 202-359-1957.

SFMA is also offering sponsorship opportunities that will put your company in the spotlight. Don’t miss the chance to align your brand with one of the most prestigious events in the sports field management industry. A wide range of sponsorship opportunities are available, tailored to suit businesses of all sizes and budgets. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2025 SFMA Conference. To discuss sponsorship options or share your ideas, reach out to Whitney Webber at wwebber@sportsfieldmanagement.org.

The 2025 SFMA Conference and Exhibition promises to be an unforgettable experience, bringing together industry professionals, thought leaders and innovators. Join SFMA to celebrate members, exchange knowledge, and shape the future of sports field management. For more information, or to register, visit https://www.sportsfieldmanagement.org/conference/.