Winter 2015

GreenFields® Slide Max XQ™ in Medellin

In a district of Medellín (Colombia) a remarkable building has been constructed: the UVA Sol de Oriente. The most striking thing about this multifunctional structure is a sports pitch, measuring 55 x 33 metres, which is installed on the roof, with a GreenFields® Slide Max XQ™ synthetic turf system covering it. 

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The UVA Sol de Oriente community centre has an area of 3,521 m2 that has been built on and 2,651m2 of public space. In addition to a GreenFields® Slide Max XQ™ 50 synthetic turf pitch on the roof, the UVA Sol de Oriente also boasts a sports colosseum, interactive fountains, interactive classrooms and training areas, an auditorium, a gaming room, a covered fitness centre, a theatre for performance arts and stands for sports events. 

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The creation of similar community centres is a joint initiative by the community sports and recreational institute (INDER) and a large public utility, called EPM. Psport Systems was responsible for the installation of the sports pitch with synthetic turf.

The new community centres contribute to the transformation of deprived neighbourhoods into environments with safe places for people to meet, space for sports, culture and recreation, and where, moreover, employment is stimulated. 

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Psport Systems, the distributor of GreenFields in Colombia, has previously built a number of synthetic turf pitches for INDER and EPM. EPM has for example in the past year had twelve woven GreenFields® MX DS synthetic turf pitches installed. The positive experiences with the installation and the pitches themselves were for INDER part of the reason to opt once again for GreenFields. The twelve synthetic turf pitches in question are a gift from EPM to the same number of villages downstream on the Río Medellín after the company had built a dam here. INDER has plans for the installation of another twenty synthetic turf pitches in the city.

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