SIS Pitches has just installed its first SISGrass hybrid surface in Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, with Ireland v Italy due to play the first game on the new pitch on Saturday (August 10).
It will be the first game on the new pitch as part of the Guinness Summer Series; the first of four warm-up matches to be played by Ireland prior to the Rugby World Cup.
The new surface at the Aviva Stadium took four days to complete with two machines working 24-hours a day. It is the first time the Aviva has changed its pitch in six years.
SIS Pitches made headlines in 2018 when SISGrass technology was installed at six stadiums in Russia which were used during the World Cup. The final at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow was the first time the World Cup final had ever been played on anything but all-natural grass.
This is the first time SIS Pitches has worked with the Aviva Stadium and we were delighted to do so. We installed SISGrass in just four days at the stadium and we are really happy with the way the pitch is settling. The surface will be in perfect condition for the big game on Saturday.
Our installation at the Aviva was quite unique, we used our SISGrass machine as well as our SISGrass Universal machine. There was other work happening at the stadium, so we were able to complete the main area, and then come back to the stadium to complete the project at a later date with the smaller machine, this flexibility makes us quite unique on the market and it’s great for the client as we can be adaptable to their needs
Phil Blackwell, SISGrass Director