The world-class grass will be grown locally in Serpentine and is expected to be laid in mid-2017.
Premier Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister, Mia Davies, were on-site today to make the announcement with senior representatives from Football Federation Australia (FFA), ahead of the Socceroo’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Iraq at nib Stadium tonight.
Premier Barnett said:
The playing surface for the 60,000-seat stadium is a hugely important element of the project, not only helping players to perform at their best, but also providing fans with a great viewing experience too.
A tried and tested solution has been selected accommodating different sporting and entertainment events. The turf will be a combination of natural grass interwoven with artificial turf and rolled onto the pitch like a carpet, providing outstanding stability and durability.
The same turf solution has been used successfully at major venues across Australia and New Zealand, including premier facilities such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Eden Park, Auckland.
Ms Davies said the turf was also used in Perth at nib Stadium and received rave reviews from players – including the Socceroos. She said:
The turf is not only known to be a world-class playing surface, but it will also be grown locally.
The grass is currently sprouting on two hectares at a Serpentine turf farm and once harvested, it will be delivered to the stadium site in rolls.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chief Executive Officer, David Gallop, commended the turf contractor selection and welcomed opportunities for the Socceroos to play to capacity crowds at Perth Stadium.
Preparation of the playing surface will soon commence, involving installation of drainage equipment, irrigation systems, power cables and below-ground services, including soil and gravel.
The Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is more than 50 per cent complete and on schedule to open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season.
Playing Surface Fact File
Perth Stadium will be a world-class, 60,000-seat multi-purpose venue capable of hosting major sporting and entertainment events.
Extensive research has informed the design requirements for the Perth Stadium playing surface, ensuring that it is prepared and maintained to world-class levels. These design specifications have been tailored to suit the Perth climate, the intended level and type of usage, and the relationship between the playing surface and the surrounding stadium structure.
A stabilised natural turf will be used for the Perth Stadium playing surface which combines a natural couch grass mixed with rye and artificial grass. This combination provides outstanding stability, durability and a flat playing surface. This type of turf also responds well to regular maintenance – an imperative to meet the demands of Perth Stadium.
Timeline for preparation and installation
• Turf is harvested from the turf farm in pre-rolled 10 metre long x 1 metre wide sections and delivered to site.
• Turf is rolled out onto the level playing surface within 18 hours of harvesting and consolidated in place by a 3-6 tonne roller.
• Turf is hand groomed with rakes before being watered.
• Construction of the playing surface at Perth Stadium begins with installation of below ground services, irrigation systems, power cable equipment and drainage systems.
• The turf is grown at a Serpentine turf farm. The turf and soil are tested monthly to ensure the highest quality.
• Installation of footings for drop-in cricket wickets and goal posts commence.
- Growlight rigs will be used as part of the maintenance program. These will be positioned on the north eastern portion of the turf during the winter months when sufficient natural light is not available.
- Replacement turf will be available and maintained off site to respond to the demands of Perth Stadium.
- The playing surface will be protected when concerts are held or when drop-in seats are used for rectangular events.
- A stadium turf specialist will be engaged to maintain the playing surface.
- Over 17,000m2 of turf will be laid.
- Same turf used at ANZ Stadium (Sydney), Eden Park (Auckland), Gabba (Brisbane), nib Stadium (Perth) and MCG (Melbourne).
- The natural component of the turf is wintergreen couch grass with rye added in the winter.
- 10x1m – the dimension of the pre-rolled turf sections.
- Turf installed in mid-2017.
HG Sports Turf (HGST) is just one of the 50+ industry leading companies that will be exhibiting at this month’s must-attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition, being held at the Yokohama Arena, September 26-28. Make sure to visit HGST’s stand, #B06.
The architectural team behind the new Perth Stadium design is the WESTADIUM consortium, which consists of HASSELL, Cox Architecture and HKS Sport + Entertainment; Cox Architecture is another world-class organisation that will be exhibiting at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 and can be found on stand #B09.
You can also listen to HGST’s Managing Director, Hamish Sutherland, on the ‘Keeping your playing surface in perfect condition’ panel session, which will be held on Day 2, and to Cox Architecture’s Director for Sport, Alastair Richardson, who will be giving a presention on ‘Perth Stadium – starting from a legacy’ on Day 3.
Register for your FREE exhibition-only-access pass, which gives you FREE entry to the sessions in the ‘Venue Management, Fan Engagement & Technology in Stadia’ stream, online TODAY at: www.SAEvents.uk.com