Pitch specialist SIS Pitches has kicked off a full pitch reconstruction at the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, home of Club Atlético River Plate.
The existing pitch will be replaced by a state-of-the-art SISGrass hybrid grass system, supported with undersoil SISAir aeration system which will create a stronger playing surface, by increasing aeration and moderating temperature in the root zone.
The team led by Carlos Reis, director at SIS Pitches, will rebuild the pitch from October to December with the installation of SISGrass scheduled to happen in January, fully completed in time for the new football season in 2021.
Trusted by some of the biggest names in sport, including FC Barcelona, Green Bay Packers, Chelsea FCand BMO Field, SISGrass will provide an elite playing surface that is over 95% natural grass, mixed with high performance polyethylene fibres.
As well as SISGrass, the pitch will contain SISAir which has been used successfully in many stadiums around the world including at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow for the World Cup Final in 2018.
SISAir includes heating and cooling systems, which will prevent seasonal deterioration of the playing field and meet the demanding climate conditions in Argentina.
SIS Pitches has worked with its registered distributor Forbex which is providing valuable local knowledge and enabling SIS Pitches to complete the project.
George Mullan, CEO, SIS Pitches said:
We are delighted to have won this project against stiff competition but I believe it was our ability to deliver the whole pitch package with our innovative SISAir and SISGrass systems combined with our experience in pitch construction which was really important to our client.
All the works will be completed by our own staff. Personally, I am delighted to be going back to Argentina, a market I worked in many years ago.
Cliff Raiman-Poker from Forbex added:
It’s a privilege for us to be working on this project, this is a true temple of football where some of the greatest players in the world have played, including Maradona and Messi, and where so many historic football moments have taken place.
It is only fitting that the River Plate stadium should have the best pitch available, and it’s a great honour that River chose us to build it for them. We look forward to continuing to work closely with our customers in Latin America to increase the quality of the sports pitches in our countries, and to achieve a level of sports infrastructure that matches the immense talent of our athletes.
Image credit River Plate