On Sunday 20 September Dutch soccer club Vitesse will play its match against De Graafschap on a new, hybrid pitch, on which the natural grass has been reinforced with synthetic fibres in a woven backing. Both players and coaches are enthusiastic about XtraGrass™, on which they are already training at their training facility, Papendal, in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
On Monday 3rd September, the excavation of the retractable pitch at the Gelredome, home of the Dutch Premier League team Vitesse began, with the construction of the new hybrid XtraGrass system commencing the following week. Vitesse are already pleased with the product: their training ground in Papendal is also home to an XtraGrass pitch, with the new pitch to be unveiled to Vitesse fans during their first game against De Graafschap. This latest generation of hybrid turf product not only has the visual attraction of natural grass, but also has the characteristics of synthetic turf: strength, resilience, and high playability requirements at the elite level of sport.
Rugby club Wasps have played their first match on the newly installed XtraGrass pitch by our GreenFields UK office. Singha7 landed last Friday at the Ricoh Arena where Wasps played their first match against Harlequins. A special role for Christian Wade on the new pitch as he set a new try scoring record in the Premiership 7S with 7 to his name!
The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) is a long standing organisation which represents the professional grounds care industry. With an impressive 80 year history the IOG is established as the leading professional organisation for grounds management and is recognised by the National Governing Bodies of Sport within the UK and Ireland for its industry knowledge and expertise. GreenFields is proud to be a Corporate member of the IOG, and will continue “to promote quality surfaces and quality services” for all of our projects.
Sportsmasters UK Ltd. in partnership with GreenFields installed a test area of XtraGrass for Scottish Rugby at Murrayfield Stadium late last year, with the natural grass now fully established the Scottish National Rugby Team have been training on the area in recent weeks and putting it through its paces. The XtraGrass System copes admirably and survives virtually unscathed with a full scrum training session. XtraGrass is the Revolution!
In search of new ideas for natural grass surfaces, Growing Green Grass, a US based platform for Innovative Discussions and Solutions For Managing High Quality Turfgrass, visited JeffCo Schools Lakewood Memorial Stadium last week in Denver, CO. The Lakewood Memorial field features a new version of synthetic reinforcement for natural grass called XtraGrass. The field is a RPR/ HGT seeded field, and has had 60 soccer matches played in 60 days. The condition of the field was fantastic.
GreenFields Hybrid system, XtraGrass has been installed at Wisham Sports Centre. This is the first XtraGrass installation in Scotland. The installation was carried out first by GreenFields’ specialist XtraGrass partner, SportsMasters.
Dutch football club, Vitesse, is having a new pitch laid at its home stadium, the GelreDome, as well as at its Papendal training facility. The prestigious Arhnem club came fifth in the 2014-15 Dutch Eredivisie. The club elected for revolutionary hybrid natural grass pitches, XtraGrass™, which will be laid during the season’s Summer break.
GreenFields started with the installation of a XtraGrass pitch in the Kassam Stadium, home of Oxford United Football Club and London Welsh Rugby Club. This will be the second club in the UK that will play on the hybrid system, after the Ricoh Arena where work has started late May.
Denver, CO– Artificial turf’s pioneering brand has teamed up with the nation’s premier sod farm to bring a groundbreaking innovation to Colorado’s largest school district. Lakewood Memorial Field is home to the country’s first ever installation of XtraGrass™, a hybrid playing surface that combines natural grass with synthetic turf technology. A collaborative effort between AstroTurf® and Graff’s Turf Farms, the cutting edge XtraGrass field was established at Jefferson County School Dictrict’s soccer stadium in Lakewood this summer, and the results have been fantastic.
May 2015 sees the beginning of work to install a full XtraGrass pitch at the Ricoh Stadium: home of Wasps Rugby Football Club and Coventry City Football Club. With the ability to sell out the 32,600 capacity, the Wasps are making a significant investment into improving the pitch performance, which GreenFields will be responsible for the management and maintenance of for the coming five years.
During the past few years, many football clubs transitioned to an artificial grass field. According to Hendrik Nagelhoud of the Dutch company Innoseeds this is a shame, because there are many benefits to playing on natural grass. In addition, the playing capacity of natural grass can be extended by using certain types of grass that ensure a thicker grass carpet and by opting for an XtraGrass hybrid field, for example.
At the start of this year, the XtraGrass hybrid turf system was laid in place of a natural grass surface at the training centre of German Bundesliga club FC Köln. Because of the limited training capacity at the ‘Geißbockheim’ ground, the club’s sporting management decided to use an extra pitch at the professional section’s main training ground, so as to be able to move special training of goalkeepers and athletics training there. Grass seed was sown in the XtraGrass Hybrid Turf and the natural grass is now sprouting through the XtraGrass, and it has already been mown once. It is expected that FC Köln – an ambitious club with a long tradition – will be able to use the pitch for the first time for the start of training after the summer break.
Twice this year, the Municipality of Rotterdam has chosen XtraGrass, a patented system in which natural grass is reinforced with artificial turf. Bernard van den Bosch, Field Development Administrator for the Rotterdam sports fields, explains this decision. “We had two football associations that each lacked 800 hours of capacity every year, namely AGE/Zestienhoven and HOV-DJSCR football clubs.
Dartford fc is a traditional club that was formed in 1888 and was one of the founder members of the Kent League for the 1894-95 season. Throughout the years the club has known some seriously hard times, but survived because the fans and the directors over the years contributed massively to keeping the club alive. Chairman Dave Skinner said: “We all had a dream back in 1992 and reformed the club in order to rise from the ashes and that is exactly what we have done”.