River Plate installs high-tech turf at Monumental Stadium


Argentinian soccer club Club Atletico River Plate is in the process of installing one of the most advanced playing surfaces in South America at Monumental Stadium, Buenos Aires.

The club’s existing field will be replaced by a state-of-the-art SISGrass hybrid grass system, supported with undersoil SISAir aeration system which will create a stronger playing surface, by increasing aeration and moderating temperature in the root zone.

SISGrass is a playing surface that is over 95% natural grass, mixed with high performance polyethylene fibers. It is in use by clubs and stadia around the world including FC Barcelona, Green Bay Packers, Chelsea FC and BMO Field.

SISAir has been used successfully in many stadiums around the world including at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow for the World Cup Final in 2018. SISAir includes heating and cooling systems, which will prevent seasonal deterioration of the playing field and meet the demanding climate conditions in Argentina.

The team led by Carlos Reis, Director at SIS Pitches, will rebuild the pitch from October to December with the installation of SISGrass scheduled to happen in January, fully completed in time for the new football season 2021.

SIS Pitches has worked with registered distributor, Forbex, which is providing local knowledge for SIS Pitches to complete the project.

“We are delighted to have won this project against stiff competition but I believe it was our ability to deliver the whole pitch package with our innovative SISAir and SISGrass systems combined with our experience in pitch construction which was really important to our client,” said George Mullan, CEO of SIS Pitches.

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