Qatar 2022 organisers reveal playing surfaces for FIFA World Cup
Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has announced that Platinum TE Paspalum will be the turf type for playing surfaces at all stadiums and training sites hosting the November 2022 FIFA World Cup.
In a joint venture, Aspire Sports Turf of Qatar and international sports turf consulting giant STRI conducted extensive research on which to base their selection with varieties of turfgrass types seashore Paspalum, Bermudagrass, and Zoysia tested at multiple sites.
The testing found that Platinum TE Paspalum (Paspalum vaginatum), a grass type popular on sports grounds and golf courses around the world, proved to be the most durable and shade tolerant of the turfgrasses tested, outperforming the other varieties in recovery as well.
With grassing commencing at multiple FIFA World Cup stadiums and training facilities in Qatar, to ensure genetic purity and the highest quality, the Platinum TE Paspalum being utilised is licensed and certified plant material from global turfgrass supplier Atlas Turf International.
Grassing will continue as the remaining facilities are completed over the next two years in the lead up to the November 2022 tournament.
Commenting on the selection, Atlas Turf President John Holmes stated “for over a decade, Platinum TE Paspalum has performed consistently well for projects in the Middle East (so) it’s not surprising that it was singled out as the top performer and ultimately selected for Qatar 2022.
“In the testing, Platinum TE exhibited stronger tensile strength, greater ability to grow in low light conditions, and rapid recovery from injury.”
Platinum TE’s many key characteristics include a darker green colour for exceptional striping, better density for outstanding ball setup, and superior tolerance to low light intensity conditions.
Image: Platinum TE™ Paspalum is used at sports grounds and golf courses around the world (top) and as at the Miami Dolphins' Hard Rock Stadium in Florida, USA.
6th February 2019 - Qatar and FIFA launch joint venture to oversee delivery of 2022 World Cup
23rd November 2018 - Qatar World Cup organisers give venue progress update four years from event
5th October 2018 - Qatar reveals upgraded Khalifa International Stadium
18th September 2018 - Qatar to donate World Cup stadium seats to nations in need of sporting infrastructure
28th November 2017 - ‘Reusable’ stadium plan revealed for waterside FIFA 2022 World Cup venue
23rd August 2017 - Qatar reveals design for sixth FIFA World Cup Stadium
7th April 2017 - FIFA World Cup stadium seats to be made in Qatar
18th January 2016 - STRI and Aspire Zone Foundation to create Centre of Excellence for natural turf
9th October 2015 - STRI acquires SportsTurf Consultants
25th August 2015 - Qatar advances stadium cooling technology
13th January 2012 - Qatar’s Aspire Zone named World’s Leading Sports Tourism Development Project
9th June 2011 - Aspire Zone success for ASI Sport
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