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Blue Ds for hockey trialled at Investec Hockey World League

England Hockey made modifications to the competition pitch for the Investec Hockey World League semi-final at the University of Westminster. It used synthetic turf transferred from the 2012 Olympic pitch to pick out the Ds in contrast to the remainder of the green pitch.

Sally Munday, England Hockey’s CEO, said:

The principle of a different coloured scoring area has worked well in other sports and different coloured Ds have been used in indoor hockey for a number of years now. With renovation work required at the ground we embraced the opportunity to be involved in this initiative and we hope that spectators and TV viewers alike will welcome the new look.

Kelly Fairweather, CEO of the FIH, stated

FIH supports England Hockey in finding a solution to provide an appropriate pitch surface for this event and is keen to assess the feedback from players and spectators about the potential for this innovative pitch design.

The pitch at the University of Westminster Sports Ground in Chiswick was repaired and altered by FIH Preferred Pitch Supplier Sports Technology International.

Winchester University's hockey stadium has blue Ds imported from the 2012 Olympic surface.

Winchester University’s hockey stadium has blue Ds imported from the 2012 Olympic surface.