SIS Pitches, which is spearheading the supply and installation of premium quality synthetic and natural grass pitches in overseas markets, reports burgeoning demand for elite level stadium pitches under a strategy by Middle Eastern states to drive up the standard of football in home leagues and construct stadia to serve a global audience.
The King Abdullah Sports City project in Jeddah is the latest nearing completion (picture courtesy Arup). The project is being delivered through a joint venture between Belgian contractors BESIX and local firm Al Muhaidib Contracting, with SIS Pitches contracted to construct four natural grass pitches – the main stadium pitch and three additional ones circling the stadium structure.
All parties are working flat-out to meet the tight deadline set to ensure early completion. David Ball, Managing Director of SIS (ME) LLC, said:
The stadium was originally planned for sign-off in October 2014 but the works were brought forward a year. Works are being delivered round the clock to get it ready in time. The grass will be sprigged with Bermuda 419 stolons imported from our turf farm in the UAE. Work on the main stadium pitch is scheduled for October, the grass harvested in jumbo rolls from the onsite turf farm and then laid in the stadium.