Photo:  The KGV Park pitch will be dug up and work started today [PlessPix]

Work began today to dig up the KGV Park pitch and replace it with an all-weather artificial surface costing $1.2 million.

The KGV Park surface will be maintained as a FIFA 1-Star football turf, which is a high-quality artificial pitch similar to those utilised in Europe and North America.


Photo:  FFT president Sean Collins gets to work [PlessPix]

The world-class artificial pitch, which Football Federation Tasmania president Sean Collins said would be the best such pitch in Australia, will allow games to be played all year and in all types of weather.

The pitch is developed by Grassports Australia.

There will also be other minor improvements at KGV Park, including a new scoreboard and fencing.

The redevelopment funding is part of the $8.7 million Glenorchy sports and community precinct transformation.

“Improving the quality and total number of football grounds is a major priority for FFT, working in partnership with governments and ground owners,” Collins said.

“More Tasmanians play football than any other sport, and we need more grounds to ensure that everyone who wants to play can get a game week in, week out.


Photo:  FFT president Sean Collins (left) and FFT CEO John Boulous at KGV Park at the start of the work program today [PlessPix]

“We’re delighted this day has arrived.

“It allows us to hold more matches here, use it as a training base, and opens new opportunities like summer competitions.

“It’s our hope that KGV Park will be ready to go for Round One of the Victory League and we’re working closely with Council and Grassports Australia to make that happen.”

The Glenorchy City Council and Football Federation Tasmania undertook a rigorous tender process and thorough surfacing research on the project before awarding the task to Grassports, including the selection of world’s best top of the line Poligras Premier surface.

The combination of Grassports excellent reputation that spans 40 years and the superior Poligras products made tender selection straightforward.

Poligras Premier R-RS is a leading “one turf” option that will offer the best possible performance to the new facility.


Photo:  The 'big guns' move in to transform the KGV Park pitch [PlessPix]

The Premier R-RS incorporates the latest re-spring yarn together with “cool yarn” technology to minimize heat generation and encourage year-round participation for all ages and skill levels.

In keeping with world-class sustainability performance, the yarn has a 21% recycled component.

The combination of Grass and the STI Laid insitu elastic shockpad provides not only premier performance, but also minimises future resurfacing costs.

This installation represents the first installation in Australia of this system and completion is expected in March 2013.

This follows on from the successful installation of the Wakefield Park double field installation in Auckland NZ.

This facility not only achieved FIFA two star rating (best in the world) but also complies with International Rugby IRB rule 22 Compliance.