SIS Pitches have been contracted to design and build a new stadium pitch at Baku Olympic stadium in Azerbaijan, which will host the first European Olympics next year.
The Games were designed and are to be regulated by the European Olympic Committees (EOC). The First European Games will take place in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in 2015, and every four years thereafter. Eighteen sports have so far been confirmed officially for the 2015 Games, with discussions ongoing for athletics.
The stadium in Baku is currently under construction and will be handed over early next year. SIS will build two pitches; one training pitch and one stadium pitch. Both pitches will be natural grass, however the stadium pitch will use 20mm turf from Germany.
The contract was won by the firm’s eastern European team, SIS EE, which is headed up by Ilyas Kobal, who commented: “Our team is looking forward to working on this project in Baku, which will play host to some high-profile and exciting events when it is complete. This confirms that the reputation of SIS Pitches is continuing to grow in Europe, and we are confident that there will be more projects like this to follow in the future.”
The venue will host games for the Azerbaijan national football team, as well as concerts. Baku Olympic Stadium will fulfil FIFA’s and UEFA’s highest technical recommendations and elite stadium obligations for football stadiums and is automatically qualified to arrange tournaments and qualification games in European Football Championships.
SIS has worked in Azerbaijan for the past five years and will construct two more projects in Azerbaijan this year. One project at FC Gabala will have a full size synthetic pitch from their Maryport factory installed.
George Mullan, CEO for SIS Pitches, commented on their working on this project: “SIS Pitches are continuing to build their portfolio of work in Europe, and our team out there have already completed work in Azerbaijan, as well as Russia, Spain, Turkey and Denmark. It is great to secure this contract, and we are excited to be working on a stadium that will host the European Olympics, as well as many other sporting events.”