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Wednesday, September 2, 2009 6:57PM IST (1:27PM GMT)
High Performance Fieldturf Artificial Grass Successfully Installed at the World's Second Largest Stadium
Salt Lake Stadium - Ready for World Class Football
West Bengal, India

The world's second largest stadium by capacity has completed the installation of FieldTurf artificial grass. Yuva Bharti Krirangan, Kolkata popularly known as the Salt Lake Stadium has turned ever-green with FieldTurf installation on the 90,000 square feet soccer field. The world's top high profile venues continue to side with the synthetic turf innovation and performance that has become synonymous with FieldTurf.

Salt Lake Stadium hosts the home games of local clubs Mohun Bagan AC, East Bengal FC, and Mohammedan SC - three of the big clubs in Indian football. Many of the home games of the Indian national football team are also played in Salt Lake, in addition to many important games in major stages of national tournaments. The engineered FieldTurf surface is the ideal solution for a venue that hosts multi-purpose events and world class tournaments.

While, the newly turfed stadium will host the prestigious IFA Shield semi-finals and Grand Finale on 8th, 9th and 12th of September respectively (LIVE on ESPN); the surface is already in use with most of the national-level clubs already practicing on it.

"We are delighted that this renowned stadium has installed our product," said FieldTurf CEO Joe Fields. "FieldTurf is the world leader in innovative turf products and we have always strived towards producing high quality products with long-term safety testing to ensure maximum athlete performance."

FieldTurf is used by some of the best clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool etc., and has many top players among its admirers including David Beckham. FieldTurf has been installed in over 3,000 stadiums and playgrounds across the world, including some of the most prestigious stadiums in the world like the BMO Field in Canada, Tokyo Dome in Japan, Gillette Stadium in USA.

"After looking at all the different synthetic turf providers available worldwide, we felt FieldTurf was the best choice," Mr. N.Dhar, MD, Mackintosh Burn Ltd. entrusted with the responsibility of laying of the Artificial Turf said. "It looks like grass, it feels like grass and it plays like grass. FieldTurf's track record and their client list are second to none internationally. We also feel that FieldTurf's commitment to player performance and safety was a major factor for it being our choice."

In addition to the last two FIFA U-20 World Cups, other recent matches of note on FieldTurf include the Euro 2008 qualifier between Russia and England at Luzhniki Stadium in Russia, the 2008 Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Star game, the 2010 World Cup qualifier between Costa Rica and El Salvador, UEFA Cup Qualifiers, along with pivotal MLS and United Soccer League (USL) championship games, among many others.

The product used at Salt Lake stadium - FTOS 1S - is the most premium turf and proven over many years in hundreds of installations worldwide. Fields with this product have received a FIFA Recommended 2-Star certification which is only awarded to the best fields in the world. It has an unmatched drainage capacity and the ball behaves as much like on natural grass. "We plan to have a FIFA Recommended 2-Star certification of this field" said Mr. A. K. Ghosh, Asst. Secretary, Dept of Sports, Govt. of West Bengal.

"This is the first football stadium in India to use next-generation artificial grass", says Anil Kumar, Director of FieldTurf Tarkett India. "Previously, the same product (FieldTurf) has been installed almost 4 years ago at the Chowgule College in Goa and is in regular, extensive use. After very positive response from players, coaches, administrators and owners, the prestigious Salt Lake stadium also decided to adopt the highly proven FieldTurf system."

Mr. Ravi Kant Kasat, director of Thar Sports & Scape (which executed the project) said, "We have installed it with pre-tufted white fibre for the perimeter and centre lines. We completed the entire sub-base, drainage and turf installation in about 100 days. It will be a great asset to Indian football now and in the future."

FieldTurf is the global market leader of synthetic sports fields with over 3,000 fields installed. The customers enjoy the benefits of significantly reduced water consumption, the elimination of fertilizer and pesticides, superior durability and drainage and a product that looks and feels real.

FieldTurf is part the Tarkett Group which is the largest entity in the sports and landscape surfacing industries. The product range includes: synthetic and hardwood basketball; volleyball and gymnasium flooring; squash and racquetball courts; floor protection and covering systems; weight room flooring; and high performance indoor and outdoor running tracks, featuring Beynon track surfaces. All Tarkett Sports surfaces are developed, produced and installed with a concentration on sustainability and a commitment to protecting the environment, providing additional LEED contribution opportunities for customers

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Salt Lake Stadium

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Media Contact Details
Nilmani Dhar, Mackintosh Burn Ltd, +91 98300 61501
Ravi Kant Kasat, Thar Sports & Scapes, +91 9830081808, kasatrkk@yahoo.com
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