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Saturday, November 20, 2010 11:45AM IST (6:15AM GMT)
Salt Lake Stadium FieldTurf Field Earns FIFA 2-Star Certification
Salt Lake Stadium’s FieldTurf surface gets FIFA 2-Star Certification after more than 1 year of heavy usage; represents only FIFA Recommended field in India
Kolkata, West Bengal, India

The world's second largest stadium by capacity has earned FIFA 2-Star recommended status and simultaneously becomes the only field in India to be FIFA Recommended.

The FIFA Recommended 2-Star designation is the highest synthetic turf rating from FIFA and is issued after a battery of tests are performed by a FIFA approved testing agent. FIFA final round competitions and top UEFA competitions have the FIFA Recommended 2-Star in their respective competition regulations.

Mr. Kanti Ganguly, Sports Minister, Government of West Bengal, said, "It is a matter of great satisfaction that the SAARC region's first FIFA recommended artificial turf football field is in Kolkata."

Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, India initially chose FieldTurf for its soccer field in 2009. The world's top high profile venues continue to side with the synthetic turf innovation and performance that has become synonymous with FieldTurf.

"This is the only FIFA Recommended field in India and it is only fitting that this prestigious designation belongs to Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium)", says Anil Kumar, Director of FieldTurf Tarkett India.

Thar Marbles, the FieldTurf Distributor for West Bengal and Assam said, "We are delighted yet not surprised that the Salt Lake Stadium field passed FIFA's most stringent testing protocol. Players at all levels prefer FieldTurf because of the system's safety and playability characteristics that revolutionized the sports surfacing industry".

"FieldTurf executed the project in the most professional manner. Highest quality, timely completion and within the budget", said Mr. Dhar, Managing Director of Mackintosh Burn Ltd., which undertook the overall stadium renovation project.

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 India national football team are also played at Salt Lake, in addition to many important games in major stages of national tournaments.

In addition to the last two U20 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.

Over 75% of all teams in the English Premier League, Spain's ‘La Liga', and France's ‘Ligue de Football Professionnel', train on FieldTurf and synthetic turf systems from the world leader in artificial turf.

About FieldTurf

FieldTurf offers industry-leading engineering and manufacturing resources and leads the synthetic turf industry with regard to setting higher environmental standards. FieldTurf is the global market leader in terms of synthetic sports fields with more than 4000 fields installed. Additionally, FieldTurf has attained more than 15,000 satisfied customers in high quality pet, residential, commercial and municipal landscaping solutions, playground surfacing and has a complete range of golf and tennis products. FieldTurf synthetic turf 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. The positive environmental impact of FieldTurf provides the added benefit of LEED building contributions.

FieldTurf is part of Tarkett Sports, a Division of the Tarkett Group. Tarkett Sports is the largest entity in the sports and landscape surfacing industries. Included within the Tarkett Sports portfolio is an impressive range of performance sports flooring products. This 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 and Atlas 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. The company calls this focus on sustainability and the environment ‘Environmental Intelligence' and all company personnel strive to exemplify this philosophy in all aspects of the business.

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Anil Kumar Director, FieldTurf Tarkett India, +91 9849046060, info@fieldturfindia.com
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