Posts Tagged ‘3g football pitches’

Old Trafford Goes Fake

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
3G football pitches

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Last month Manchester United announced that Old Trafford is to have an artificial grass pitch.  They’ll take up the natural turf and install an £800,000, state of the art 3G football pitch over the summer.

Last replaced 10 years ago, the pitch is serious need of an overhaul.  According to Sir Alex Ferguson, the surface collapsed last winter during a period of heavy rain.  Bosses were worried the bumpy surface would lead to injuries.  It took turf managers months to restore it.

A hybrid mix of 20 million fake fibres and natural grass will make the pitch studier, more reliable and improve play.  First the pitch is re-seeded with grass selected based on soil conditions.  The artificial turf installed by a computer powered machine that needle-injects the fibres into the ground.  This becomes entwined with the roots of the natural grass anchoring the field and creating a firm, reliable surface.  The method is also known as ‘reinforced grass’ because of its strengthening and supportive properties.

Man Utd. were impressed by the successes at Wembley Stadium.  New Wembley had a catalogue of pitch problems until they installed the new high-tech surface.  One of Moyes’ first jobs as manager was to give the go-ahead for the new playing surface.

The club have made sections of the old pitch available to fans.  Supporters were given the opportunity to buy their very own piece of Old Trafford after the Legends game – Man Utd. vs. Real Madrid.

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Another Premier League Footballer with Grass Allergy

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
St james park 3g football pitch

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In 2011, news broke that Manchester City Striker Mario Balotelli was allergic to grass.  During their match with Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League, he had to be subbed early in the second half after suffering an extreme reaction.  Apparently his face was swollen and sore to the touch; he was seen furiously scratching before Carlos Tevez took his place.  Even the anti-histamines he was given at half time did nothing to lessen the reaction.

The unfortunate ailment has become breaking news again this week.  Yoan Gouffran of Girondins, Boudreaux is expected to sign for Newcastle United today.  Gouffran has a grass allergy too for which he has sought specialist treatment.  Hopefully, the synthetic football pitch at St James Park will lessen his symptoms.

It is estimate that there are 9 million people with pollen allergies in the UK.  Grass pollen is the most common allergen, effecting sufferers between May-August, when pollen is released.  So, this is not rare or unusual, just awkward when you happen to be a professional footballer.

Artificial grass is ideal for the garden if you share Gouffran’s allergy.  You won’t need to mow it, or tend to it so there’s less chance of any nasty reactions.  Mowing sends grass pollens into the air which causes hay fever like symptoms so it’s recommended you keep your windows firmly shut from Spring to Summer.

Direct skin contact can cause violent symptoms, like the severe itching and swelling experienced by Balotelli.  A football match is a nightmare as there’s lots of skin/grass contact.  If you have an artificial lawn, you can enjoy your grass again without worry.

As allergy sufferers grow in numbers every year, it’s yet another reason for sports facilities, schools and grass roots clubs to consider artificial  pitches.  If you’re interested, read our previous post on 3G football pitches.

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3G Football Pitches

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

3G Football Pitch by Leisure Tech3G is short for third generation, an enhanced football pitch with an artificial grass surface.  Astroturf has many advantages, the ability to play in all weathers, no wear and tear and no maintenance.  It is ideal for community pitches, schools and grass roots clubs because the surface allows for training and play, all year round.

Facilities are able to save money on costly maintenance – pitch mowing, feeding, draining and watering.  They also save themselves the inconvenience of having to cancel winter matches due to freezing conditions.

October through to February is a lottery for struggling clubs.  With extensive flooding throughout the summer too, they end of with a backlog of fixtures.   A 3G pitch can offer a new lease of life.

Fake grass has come a very long way since it’s advent in the 1960’s.  Advances in technology means fibres are softer and non-abrasive; your skin won’t get burnt during a sliding tackle.  It in fact offers maximum comfort and enhanced play including great ball bounce, roll characteristics and control.  Most can be used with rubber studs too.

The FA has published a full guide for clubs considering an artificial pitch, containing all the information you need.  Download FA Guidelines

Leisure Tech Lawns are happy to help too.  We’ve installed astro-turf for clubs, schools and communities throughout Essex.   Our products have been rigorously tested to meet requirements.  The above photo is a full-size pitch install we recently completed in Dartford.  Call us for free advice on 01371 87 5901.

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