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Zenit pitch is first of a kind in Russia

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The newly installed natural grass surface in Petrovskiy Stadium for Zenit St Petersburg’s season opening game against FC Kuban impressed media and players according to ENGO, the company that installed it. Stadium Director Vladimir Litvinov (pictured below middle) said:

The consortium ENGO & CRL achieved a high standard of playing surface. We believe that the Fibresand substrate technology implemented on our pitch will set a new quality level for Russian stadium grass. We have trusted our suppliers, although it was their first project in Russia. We hope to continue our co-operation.

The ENGO & CRL consortium has provided a total design, build and operate solution for the club. Richard Hayden (CRL), Project Manager (pictured below left), added:

The grow-in has been a big challenge. We have demonstrated that with a good operations team and a good client anything is possible. I’ve worked all over the world – in the FIFA World Cup South Africa, the FIFA World Cup Brazil and the UEFA EURO 2012 Poland & Ukraine tournament. We set about here to create an example of a pitch for the FIFA World Cup 2018. We wanted to prove it was possible in Russia. We even mowed the pitch in the FIFA World Cup mowing pattern for the first game. It should provide the world with confidence that Russia can and will deliver the world’s greatest pitches. This is the first step. The Russians can and will compete with the best.

The pitch was seeded and over 250 mm of rooting mass is the main reason for the excellent pitch quality.The turf has been well prepared for overwintering by groundsman Konstantin Kreminsky (pictured below right with ENGO CEO Norbert Zatko) and the rest of the ENGO support team. ENGO has set up an online communication system to monitor temperature and humidity conditions on the field, with data reachable from any location.

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Durham University unveils second Rugger 65 3G pitch

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Durham University’s huge sporting programme is set to expand still further this autumn with the unveiling of its second 3G synthetic turf pitch. The Rugger 65 pitch, laid alongside the first one installed in 2009, boosts Durham’s capacity to stage college, community and national fixtures across rugby, football and lacrosse.

Sport England has match-funded the 3G facility under a performance partnership that will see Durham deepen its involvement with community sport under a mission to extend the University’s prominence and outreach throughout grassroots and top-flight sport.

Dean of Experience Durham Peter Warburton specified SIS Pitches for the second Rugger 65 facility, which includes floodlighting, perimeter fencing and dugouts, after witnessing major success for its first 3G pitch, which has created a sporting hub for clubs, the community and elite squads.

Working under Senior Project Manager Ian Tubman for both 3G schemes, Will Roberts, the university’s Projects and Technical Assistant for the Estates and Building Department, said:

The second 3G pitch is going to be tested to IRB and FIFA Gold Star standards, allowing top-flight rugby and football, as well as lacrosse, to be played on it. The design and build engineering package that SIS provides has proved to be very efficient, bringing plenty of betterment value to the pitches and site as a whole.

Durham’s first Rugger 65 rubber crumb full-size floodlit facility has become one of the most intensively used pitches in the country and the university expects the latest installation to emulate that level of use. Durham is now ranked second only to Loughborough in the league table of British university sports provision, running 34 rugby teams, 36 hockey sides and 66 football (23 of those, women). Warburton said:

The new Rugger 65 pitch will enable us to stage match back to back games from 9am to 8pm throughout the weekend, as well as every lunchtime and evening in the autumn. Meanwhile, clubs and squads can use the 3G pitches on weekday mornings and afternoons.

Phil Blackwell, Director of SIS Pitches, said:

Demand for synthetic surfaces for rugby is set to grow strongly. Saracens is showing the way forward (the Aviva Premiership champions chose the Rugger 65 surface for its Allianz Park new home earlier this year). Over the next ten years, the future for rugby will be on mostly synthetic surfaces.

Serving a 15,000 student body, Durham also runs two full-size synthetic hockey pitches, eight natural turf rugby pitches, innumerable football areas and four cricket squares (one all-weather).