Stadia & Arenas: The roadmap back to reopening
Following on from the recent Ungerboeck Stadia & Arena Summit, which saw industry experts from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, BC Place, KC Chiefs and Sports Venue Business discuss the roadmap back to reopening, this article shares insights from numerous industry executives.
Safe Standing arrives in Spain at Athletic Club’s San Mamés stadium
Athletic Club’s San Mamés is one of the newest stadiums in LaLiga but retains an intimidating atmosphere that reflects the club’s 120 years of history. This atmosphere is a key part of the fan experience and is set to be further enhanced by the introduction of a Safe Standing area, the first in the Spanish top flight.
GrassMaster Solutions/GrassMaster by Tarkett Sports
GrassMaster Solutions is the hybrid grass division of Tarkett Sports, which is a worldwide manufacturer and installer of indoor and outdoor sports surfaces.
GrassMaster – previously known as Desso GrassMaster – is a stitched hybrid grass system with a proven lifespan of 15 years and more, while PlayMaster is a carpet-based hybrid technology that ensures an instant playability. Both systems offer a tailor-made solution for the equipment of professional stadiums, training pitches and multifunctional venues and for the practice of football, rugby and American football.
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Pioneer in hybrid pitches since 1989, GrassMaster, previously known as Desso GrassMaster, was developed to reinforce the durability and lifespan of natural grass pitches for sports such as football, rugby and American football.
GrassMaster is a 100% natural grass pitch, which is reinforced by polypropylene (PP) fibres injected by computer-controlled machines. The GrassMaster system guarantees optimal playing characteristics during intense and heavy use with a proven lifespan of more than 15 years.
The lay-and-play system PlayMaster, launched in 2016 by Tarkett Sports, is a carpet-based hybrid grass system that can be installed on site as well as grown in sods. It is developed especially to meet the need for a quick installation and an instant operational availability. The combination of natural and artificial grass creates a firm and safe natural grass surface. PlayMaster offers a high return on investment as it can be used for multipurpose stadiums.
With GrassMaster Solutions, Tarkett Sports continues to lead the sports grass industry offering both stitched and carpet-based hybrid grass technologies.
Tarkett Sports is part of the Tarkett Group, a worldwide leader of innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions. Tarkett has one of the broadest global reaches of any flooring company in the world.
Full company name: Tarkett Sports BV
Contact name: Laure Van Moeseke, Marketing & Communications
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For the statement by a company principal, please watch the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSBDkrYM8Rs&t=7s
Main image, top: PlayMaster at Amsterdam ArenA (2017). GrassMaster at AFC Ajax’s training centre, De Toekomst (2016 & 2017)
All images, courtesy: GrassMaster Solutions
Wembley Stadium to host additional UEFA EURO 2020 matches
London’s Wembley Stadium connected by EE has been selected to stage an additional four matches at UEFA EURO 2020.