The main pitch in the Kyocera stadium will form the heart of the international tournament and can accommodate 15,000 hockey fans. For two weeks this will be one of the largest hockey stadiums in the world. The main stadium will be the venue for all the matches to be played by the Dutch national teams as well as for the finals.
In order to make both stadiums suitable for top-level hockey, synthetic turf supplier GreenFields produced the pitch using a TenCate fibre that was specially developed for this sport.
The top-class Dutch hockey clubs where the 24 World Cup teams are staying and training, all have the World Cup GreenFields® TX synthetic turf carpet. Experiences of the pitch are positive. ‘Nice and smooth, fast, with good ball rebound. The ball rolls evenly in every direction, so that fast play is perfectly possible’, is the opinion of former international Floris Evers. The central midfielder of the Dutch women’s team, Eva de Goede, is also enthusiastic: ‘It´s really great. The surface is soft, so there’s less risk of injuries. Lifting and chopping are also fine’.
Picture: The synthetic turf pitch in the Kyocera Stadium in a final phase of construction