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SIS Pitches to build another new pitch in Russia

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SIS Pitches – with its headquarters in Cumbria, UK – are continuing to grow their portfolio in Eastern Europe with the confirmation that they are to build another new pitch in Russia.

SIS’s Eastern Europe team have been contracted to build a new stadium pitch for FC Krasnodar, who play in the Russian Premier League and are currently building their new stadium. This follows on from their recent work for Spartak Moscow’s brand new stadium, the Otkritie Arena, in the summer (as was featured in the last edition of PanStadia & Arena Management).

The pitch will be Russia’s first cooled and heated pitch with an under soil aeration and heating and cooling system.

Design works have already started and will be completed in early December 2014. Construction works are planned to start in March 2015 and completed in May 2015, with a total of more than 30 employees from SIS Pitches involved in the project.

The opening ceremony of the brand new stadium is planned for October 2015 and SIS Pitches will continue to maintain this unique pitch once it is opened.

Krasnodar is a city with hot summers and cold winters, which meant SIS Pitches’ experiences of working in the hottest climates in Dubai and the coldest in Moscow was a great advantage to them winning this project.

Ilyas Kobul, Managing Director of SIS Eastern Europe, commented:

We are very happy to be the main contractor for the new FC Krasnodar pitch, which will be the first one in the territory to have a cooling and heating system together with air and water. SIS Pitches is becoming well known in the Russian market and we are looking forward to starting building this pitch.

Image: Artists impression of FC Krasnodor’s new stadium.

For more information on SIS Pitches work, please visit the website www.sispitches.com

Terraplas protects the finish-line at Folsom Field

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At the end of every academic year, the University of Colorado hosts its BolderBOULDER 10K run and for the last 12 years terraplas turf protection has been at the finish-line.

The eventual winner at the University’s Folsom Field stadium on 27 May 2013, was Kenyan Allan Kiprono, who completed the course in a time of 29 minutes and 28.79. His strong finish led Kenya to the International Team Challenge title, ending Ethiopia’s six-year reign in the race.

Terraplas USA’s (TUSA) Site Managers for the event, Justin King and Aaron Molander, not only managed the install and removal of the terraplas but they also ran in the race; Justin finished in a time of 55 minutes, while Aaron was a few strides ahead and completed the 10K course in 52 minutes, both very respectable times.

Protecting the BolderBOULDER finish-area, located in the University’s football stadium, Folsom Field, was 60,000sqft of terraplas.

The timing devices that recorded each runner’s time were located under the terraplas at the finish-line, with each competitor having a chip tied to their shoe or in their bib. Thanks to Terraplas USA and Folsom Field’s highly professional team of groundsmen, the venue was able to return to football stadium mode immediately after the 10K run.

60,000sqft of terraplas® – the ultimate Turf Protection – protected the University’s Folsom Field for this year’s BolderBOULDER 10K run.

60,000sqft of terraplas protected the University’s Folsom Field for this year’s BolderBOULDER 10K run.

 

Justin King, one of TUSA’s Site Managers for the 2013 BolderBOULDER 10K run, not only managed the install and removal of the terraplas but also took part in the race, which ends in the University’s football stadium, Folsom Field.

Justin King, one of TUSA’s Site Managers for the 2013 BolderBOULDER 10K run, not only managed the install and removal of the terraplas but also took part in the race, which ends in the University’s football stadium, Folsom Field.

Friends Arena replaces pitch

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Friends Arena and tenant team AIK have decided to replace the pitch for the match against Sunderland next week. Grounds Manager Robert Limpar said:

Right now the grass on the pitch is in the same state as a pitch usually is at this time of year. But we have a high level of ambition with regard to the grass and want it to be in tip-top condition, regardless of season.

The low temparature well into April has hampered the growing process. Too much cold air has entered the arena, which means that the grass did not receive proper oxygenation. In addition, the full delivery of light rigs for the artificial lighting has been delayed. All light rigs will be in place shortly.

Thomas Edselius, CEO at AIK Fotboll. added:

This is a decision that feels very good. Now that we have an arena in tip-top condition, it is clear that we must have a pitch of the top class.