Installing excellence at the 2019 afc asian cup
Our high quality turf was installed at 7 of the stadiums at the 2019 Asian Cup. 51 games were played across the duration of the tournament on high quality SIS Pitches turf.
The seven stadium grounds SIS Pitches delivered services for the tournament were:
Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi – The pitch was re-turfed and installed by SIS Pitches in 2018 using our technologically advanced hybrid pitch system SISGrass. As well as the final on , the stadium hosted seven tournament matches and 16 pre-match training sessions in 27 days.
Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi – Full pitch rebuild in 2013 and since maintained by SIS Pitches. The surface hosted six tournament matches and 12 pre-match training sessions in the space of 18 days, including one of the semi-finals.
Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain – Full pitch build in 2013 and maintained by SIS Pitches. The company installed SISGrass at the stadium in 2018 in time for the Club World Cup. The pitch hosted eight matches and 16 pre-match training sessions in 23 days, including one of the semi-final fixtures.
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai – SIS Pitches installed a new pitch using SISGrass in 2018 after the stadium was built. It took on six matches and 12 pre-match training sessions in 18 days.
Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi – After the stadium was upgraded in 2018 for the AFC Asian Cup, SIS Pitches rebuilt the pitch with a new rootzone, installed new grass from its turf farm and installed a new irrigation system. It hosted five matches and 10 pre-match training sessions in 16 days.
Maktoum bin Rashid Stadium, Dubai – Full pitch rebuild by SIS Pitches in 2015 and maintained ever since. It will took on five matches and 10 pre-match training sessions in 15 days.
Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain – SIS Pitches installed a new irrigation system at the stadium and carried out an extensive maintenance programme to ensure the pitch was ready in time for the beginning of the tournament. It played host to six matches and 10 pre-match training sessions in 15 days.
In addition, the pitch experts are also maintained 15 training pitches for the 24-team tournament.
All grass for the pitch rebuilds came from the SIS Pitches turf farm in the UAE, designed and purpose-built for the returf of the Zayed Sports City Stadium Stadium, which in its legacy mode be turned into two training pitches.
The total area of grass being maintained by SIS Pitches at the training grounds spans 134,550 square metres.
We are passionate about sport across all aspects of our business and thrilled at the phenomenal period of growth we have experienced, especially in the last six months.
We are very proud to have provided our services at venues being used at the World Cup, Club World Cup and now the Asian Cup, three of the most prestigious football competitions in the world, and believe this is an endorsement of the high-quality customer service we provide. For the Asian Cup, we are supplying high-quality pitches at seven of the eight venues being used in the tournament and also across 15 training pitches; that’s more than 180,000 square metres of grass.
Our team of experts have worked exceptionally hard to ensure all pitches were ready for the beginning of the tournament, and I’m confident all surfaces will be in excellent condition when it concludes next month. This has been a wonderful period of growth for SIS Pitches and we are looking forward to continuing our success into 2019 and beyond.
David Ball, Managing Director for the UAE