Friday, 8 August 2008

Beijing Olympics & Artificial Grass

The Olympics is one of the most eagerly awaited events in the calendar of world sports. Taking place just once every 4 years, it attracts the greatest athletes from around the world to come together in competition and prove who is the best of their generation, both in individual sports and team sports.

One team sport that has a long standing Olympic tradition is team hockey and prior to the Greece Olympics in 2004, was played on natural grass. However, in 2004 the competition was played on an artificial pitch. Such was the success that in the 2008 Beijing Olympics (official opening today), the teams will again be playing on artificial grass at the Olympic Green Hockey Stadium in northeast Beijing. The stadium has a floor area of 15,539 m2 and will house no less than 17,000 temporary seats to accommodate the thousands of hockey fans who have travelled to see the event.

As manufacturers of artificial grass we believe that with the latest, and indeed advancing, artificial pitch technologies, it's only a matter of time before more high profile sporting events embrace the advantages that an artificial pitch offers. That may well include the London Olympic Games in 2012 and, before that, the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa. As we reported in a blog post earlier this year, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has openly stated his approval of using artificial grass pitches in the South Africa tournament. Follow the link to read our archived article.