Ahead of the 7th Women’s World Cup in Canada in 2015, the German DFB selection travelled to Vancouver to take part in an international friendly match against the Canadian national women’s team. This offered a welcome opportunity for the German squad to test the strengths of the host country and the local conditions. The team reported back top quality facilities at BC Place Stadium; the venue for the match and showcase stadium for the Women’s World Cup Final in 2015.
Since 2011, matches at the multipurpose BC Place Stadium have been played on a Polytan LigaTurf RS+ system, which seemed fitting with the German connection.
In a thrilling and lively match, the team of coach Silvia Neid managed to secure a 2:1 (1:0) win over host Canada. After a balanced opening, Lena Lotzen put Germany in front in the 29th minute. Not long after the second half began, Sophie Schmidt pressed for the equalizer and defeated the German goalkeeper, Nadine Angerer, with an unsavable lob in the 53rd minute. Following a foul on Lena Lotzen, Simone Laudehr scored the match-winning goal for the 2:1 win from the penalty spot in the 65th minute.
After the successful test match, Germany’s women’s national football team can look forward with confidence to the upcoming Women’s World Cup in 2015. And, with its Polytan|STI turf in place, BC Place Stadium is prepared for its hosting of next year’s tournament.
Thanks to the special design of the turf fibres, the LigaTurf RS+ is particularly robust and resilient, which is why it is also used for football at the stadium. The synthetic turf is easy to maintain and retains outstanding playing qualities, even after years of intensive use. After almost three years at BC Place Stadium, the turf remains just as playable as it was at the beginning, in fact, FIFA has honoured the pitch with the highest award for synthetic pitches, the FIFA RECOMMENDED 2-Star certificate, for the third time in a row.