Installation of the turf onto the Perth Stadium playing surface is now complete, marking another project milestone and bringing Western Australians another step closer to the opening of the venue in early 2018.
Work on the surface commenced on August 1, with HG Sports Turf supplying and installing the turf, which is a combination of natural couch grass woven with artificial turf that provides outstanding durability and stability. The same turf is successfully used at other stadia in Australia and overseas, including the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, and Perth’s own nib Stadium.
A total of 193,750ft² of turf was grown at a local turf farm in Serpentine and was delivered to site in 1 x 10m (3.3 x 33ft) sections. The turf was installed using a 3-ton roller and was trimmed to fit the Perth Stadium playing surface.
The playing surface is now ready to play but will be monitored and maintained until the stadium opens in early 2018, and then throughout operations.
Grow light rigs will be used as part of the maintenance program and will be positioned on the northern portion of the turf during the winter months supporting the winter sun. Replacement turf will also be grown and maintained off site for use when required.
The turf will be protected when concerts are held or when drop-in seats are used for rectangular events.
Construction of Perth Stadium and the surrounding stadium park is over 90% complete and remains on schedule to open in early 2018.
August 23, 2017