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Pitch laid in record time at Qatar stadium

by Rajiv Ravindran Pillai on Apr 19, 2017

Doha Skyline.
Doha Skyline.

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A pitch specially developed in Qatar has been laid in record time of 13 and a half hours at Khalifa International Stadium, Trade Arabia reported. 

Khalifa International Stadium is the first proposed host venue for the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

The pitch measuring around 7,800m2 was moved from the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) Turf Nursery and laid down inside the venue by a team of 40 specialists on site.

Up to eight specialised machines were used for moving the grass and laying it down in the proposed host venue.

Abdullah Nasser Al Naimi, director general of Aspire Logistics said: “This achievement should be attributed to the state of Qatar, not only AZF and the SC. It’s further evidence of AZF’s world-class expertise and demonstrates the innovative human and technological capabilities that we have developed across the organisation, and which are helping position Qatar at the forefront of the global sporting industry.”

Youssif Al Musleh, Competition Venues deputy executive director at the SC remarked: “We would like to congratulate our partners at Aspire Zone Foundation in laying the pitch for Khalifa International Stadium in the record time of 13 and a half hours. Khalifa International Stadium is a historic venue in the eyes of the local community and region, and the fan and player experience in 2022 will ensure that it becomes a memorable venue for the world when Qatar hosts the 2022 Fifa World Cup.”

The record improved the previous best set by the team when returfing Al Sadd Sports Club’s stadium in 2016 in just 14 hours and 40 minutes.  

The turf was planted at the Turf Nursery and took nine months to reach the optimum 14mm in length, before it was harvested and transferred to the 7,848m2 Khalifa International Stadium pitch.