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July 2019

Three in one – new surfaces for Gibraltar sport

Athletics, football, rugby and cricket – Gibraltar is ideally equipped for future sporting events. For the Polytan teams, the challenge in summer 2019 consisted in delivering three major building projects in a matter of weeks.

Victoria Stadium Gibraltar – a synthetic football pitch in just ten days

The choice for the new playing surface synthetic turf field in the Victoria Stadium fell on the LigaTurf RS+ synthetic turf from Polytan, which has FIFA Quality Pro certification. One of the challenges for the Polytan staff was the tight timescale for the project: the new playing surface had to be installed within just ten days.

Rekortan M synthetic surface for the Lathbury Sports Centre

The Lathbury Sports Centre is located in the south of the island, above a multi-storey car park built into the rock, and was given a new tartan track from Polytan specifically for the Island Games. Or, to be more precise, a 13 mm thick Rekortan M synthetic surface in sky blue.

Europe Sports Complex – a new synthetic turf for rugby and cricket

The typically English sports of rugby and cricket have managed to establish themselves firmly in Gibraltar. In advance of the Island Games, for instance, a new combination pitch for cricket and rugby was installed on the southern tongue of Gibraltar, where the island projects into the Strait of Gibraltar. The most suitable surface for this requirement was the LigaTurf RS+ WCE (World Cup Edition) synthetic turf system, which has World Rugby certification.

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