BRUSSELS, September 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
England will kick off their campaign in the new Otago Stadium in Dunedin, the first stadium in the world to have both a fixed roof and natural grass pitch.
Desso Sports Systems, known for their experience in installing pitches in state-of-the-art venues, have completed their DESSO GrassMaster system, a hybrid natural grass pitch reinforced by artificial fibres.
State of the art stadium
One of the unique aspects of the stadium is its roof, which entirely covers the pitch and stands. The all-weather transparent ETFE roof will keep the 30,500 fans protected from the weather while still letting sunlight through.
High Tech pitch
The hybrid grass system (100% natural grass reinforced with 20 million artificial fibres), offers stability and reinforcement, ensuring a surface in perfect condition at all times.
Computer-controlled machinery injected artificial fibres every 2cm, 20 cm deep into the soil. The roots of the natural grass then grow around the artificial fibres, providing a highly-stable and even surface.
Thanks to the stability of the artificial fibres, the natural grass can recover faster, an important benefit during tournaments, when the pitch is used intensively for training sessions and matches over a short period.
Otago Stadium will continue to serve as a multipurpose venue. In addition to rugby and football competitions, Otago Stadium will play host for events such as concerts. During events, the pitch will be protected by a covering system, similar to the one used at Wembley stadium, that installed DESSO GrassMaster in 2010.
Other major venues
Desso's grass system is in place at some 450 stadia and training centers worldwide, including ten Premier League football clubs in the UK - among them, Arsenal, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
London Irish, Leicester Tigers, London Wasps and Huddersfield Giants in England and the Ospreys and Cardiff Blues in Wales also play or train on a Desso GrassMaster pitch. As regards international rugby union, the first Desso GrassMaster pitch was laid at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, followed by the Beaujoire Stadium in France, and more recently the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
Desso Sports Systems is the international leader in innovative sports fields for football, rugby and hockey pitches as well as tennis courts and multifunctional fields.
Over time, the company has installed more than 50 million m² of artificial turf at both amateur and professional clubs all over the world. The company is a FIFA Preferred Producer for football turf.
Desso Sports Systems is part of Desso, which manufactures contract carpeting and carpet tiles for offices, public buildings, schools, hospitals and airlines. Sustainability and creativity are important key values.
Desso Sports Systems http://www.dessosports.com/en/dunedin
SOURCE Desso Sports Systems