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Since 1969, Polytan has specialised in synthetic sports surface facility construction and have extensive experience in elite sporting venues such as the Olympic Games, World Cup and Commonwealth Games. This will be the fifth Olympics where Polytan have installed a Poligras hockey surface.
Polytan sport surfaces are made in Australia and manufactured at Polytan’s Head Office in Melbourne allowing for higher quality control.
Global warming is an undeniable issue affecting our earth through the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other harmful air pollutants. These can have negative impacts on the environment and the Earth’s climate system. Together through environmental practises we can combat climate change and save our planet.
Tokyo and the FIH have this same green vision and in support of this Polytan have developed the first sustainable hockey surface, Poligras Tokyo GT, which was recently installed at Japan’s Oi Hockey Stadium – the 2020 Games tournament venue.
Poligras Tokyo GT is made from over 60% regrowable raw materials, saves on CO2 emissions and has reduced water consumption. The turf’s structure is also specifically adapted to a Bio Based PE formula enabling for dynamic and precise playability.
This latest green turf technology is a major breakthrough for the hockey community and introduces a Climate Positive Hockey approach for the 2020 Olympics Games and other sporting facilities around the world.
Did you know?
For every 1kg of I’m green™ polyethylene used in Polytan’s hockey fields for the games in Tokyo in 2020, almost 5kg of CO2 will be saved!
Earlier this year hockey pitches at the Townsville Hockey Complex were damaged due to a devastating flood disaster in Townsville, QLD. The Townsville Hockey Association chose Polytan to install the new eco-friendly surface at their local hockey facility.
Green solutions can save not only major facilities but ALL sporting facilities time and money while preventing the harmful effects of climate change.
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Teams from Australia and Japan compete on the Poligras Tokyo GT hockey turf at the Ready Steady Tokyo test event and tell us about their thoughts on the new sustainable surface!
Polytan are currently installing the e-layer and Polytan’s new sustainable hockey surface, Poligras Tokyo GT for a training field at Seongham Stadium. This venue was once the hockey venue for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympic Games.
Seongham Stadium is about one and a half hours south of Seoul and holds up to 3,000 people, which is a significant number of seats for a hockey venue. This is the fourth installation of Polytan’s highly sought after Poligras Tokyo GT premium hockey turf within Korea.
Poligras Tokyo GT is the first hockey turf to be made from regrowable raw materials and was the chosen hockey turf for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The new surface promotes Climate Positive Hockey, as it is made from 60% sugarcane, requires 2/3 less water and saves CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere. Poligras Tokyo GT was originally designed to support Tokyo’s carbon neutral vision and FIH’s commitment to sustainable hockey.
The I’m Green polyethylene was originally developed by Braskem, as they realised sugarcane could be used in more ways than one. With only one year to go until the Olympic Games the countdown is on and we can’t wait for Olympic hockey athletes to compete on the new carbon neutral hockey surface.
Back in 1988 the stadium held one of the most iconic hockey finals with West Germany and Great Britain battling it out to become triumphant. This entertaining hockey match goes down in British sporting history because against all odds Great Britain claimed their victory! Recognised as one of Britain’s most outstanding hockey players, Sean Kerly was a clear stand out for the match.
As an FIH Preferred Supplier, Polytan are well known for providing the highest quality hockey surfaces worldwide.
This is yet again another sustainable hockey turf installation to add to the growing list of Poligras Tokyo GT installations worldwide.
We can’t wait to see more hockey players performing on Polytan hockey surfaces and hope to see Seongham Stadium used for an FIH tournament very soon.
There’s one year to go until the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the hockey venues are underway and on track. The competition matches will be played at Oi Hockey Stadium where construction started in late 2018 and the final surfacing was completed in June 2019.
Poligras Tokyo GT – supporting Tokyo’s carbon neutral vision
With superior player and environmental performance Poligras Tokyo GT has been chosen as the hockey turf for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Poligras Tokyo GT is the first hockey turf to be made from regrowable raw materials and was designed to support Tokyo’s ambitious carbon-neutral targets and FIH’s commitment to sustainable hockey.
The turf features breakthrough Green Technology:
Climate Positive Hockey
‘I’m Green™ polyethylene, developed by Braskem, is a plastic obtained from ethanol derived from sugar cane that has already been processed for food. The sugar cane captures carbon dioxide from the environment, which means for every kilogram of polyethylene used in the Olympic hockey turfs almost five kilograms of CO2 will be saved.
Poligras Tokyo GT turfs have already been installed in nine countries as clubs, colleges, hockey associations and cities make the commitment to ‘turf responsibly’.
This is positive for hockey, for Tokyo and the planet.
An unrivaled Olympic history
Tokyo 2020 continues Sport Group’s long association with the Olympic Games. Sport Group’s brands, AstroTurf and Polytan have provided the hockey turfs for 9 of the 12 Olympics which have featured hockey on synthetic turf.
BLK Performance Centre, Abel Sports, JDH and Polytan have joined together to share the activation space opposite the Polytan Exhibit at the National Sports Convention. You’re not going to want to miss out on all the exciting competitions and prizes to be won!.
Experience what it’s like to perform on Polytan’s premium quality hockey surface, Tokyo GT in this activation space. This revolutionary and innovative surface is the first in history to be made from sugar cane and will be the system used for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Games.
Stretch your legs and have some fun with these activities:
The Polytan & JDH Competition
Abel Sports Competition
BLK Performance Centre Competition
If you’re attending this event then why not check out these great activities to get you moving around after the plenary sessions at the National Sports Convention?
The exhibition hall will be open all day and is free to enter. If your attending presentations, come and see us on your lunch breaks!
Polytan are proud to once again be a Gold Sponsor at Australia’s leading community sport and recreation convention, The National Sports Convention.
The Sports Surfaces Industry Tour’s will kick things off on Tuesday morning and will be exploring some of Victoria’s newest and most innovative sports and facility developments. The tour will include a visit to the Polytan and APT manufacturing facility in Dandenong South and also include a hands on demonstration of SmarTracks – the world’s leading performance diagnostics wearable system helping athletes everywhere optimize their performance.
In celebration of Polytan’s 50th anniversary, this year there will be plenty of competitions and prizes up for grabs at Polytan’s exhibit over Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July.
How to enter?
Simply open your Polytan & Rekortan Lindt chocolate bar found in your delegate satchel to see if you have won a lucky Polytan Gold or Silver Ticket!
If you find one of these lucky tickets visit Polytan at stand 163 to collect your exclusive prize!
How to enter?
To be in the draw there are two ways to enter this competition!
#1 Panna Hockey Competition with Jamie Dwyer
Hit the hockey ball past Jamie and into the goals to go in the draw to WIN!
#2 BEAT Jamie Dwyer on Polytan SmarTracks!
Dribble and manoeuvre the hockey ball around obstacle’s on Polytan’s elite hockey surface Tokyo GT, using the SmarTracks diagnostics system.
If you can beat Jamie’s time you go straight into the draw to WIN this awesome prize for your club or school.
Closing date and time for all Polytan National Sports Convention competitions is 5pm, Thursday 25th July 2019.
Competition Terms & Conditions
* Polytan will not be liable for any injuries or medical conditions occurred while competing for these prizes at the 2019 National Sports Convention.
* Personal contact details must be provided by the winners so Polytan can organise the winning prizes accordingly. Refusal to comply will result in disqualification from the competition.
*Polytan Gold and Silver Ticket Prizes must be claimed in person at stand 163 by 5pm on Thursday 25th July 2019 unless otherwise advised by Polytan. After this time unclaimed prizes will be deemed null and void.
*Where prizes are posted out Polytan accept no liability for the safe and effective postal delivery of a prize.
*In certain situations subject to Polytan’s discretion a winner may designate a representative to collect their prize. The representative will be asked to provide written authorisation from the winner and identification for both the winner and representative.
*Where a winner chooses not to accept a prize, they forfeit any and all claims to that prize, which will be dealt with at Polytan’s discretion.
*All prizes are accepted at the risk of the winner and Polytan excludes all warranties in connection with any prize.
*Competitors may be required by Polytan to participate in a promotional photo, video and/or film session and acknowledge that Polytan has the right to use such publicity photos, videos and/or films, unless the contestant informs Polytan at the time of entering that they wish to retain their anonymity.
*Any photos, videos, film/footage, audio/recording taken of competitors become the property of Polytan, which may be used where Polytan sees fit.
*Prizes are non-transferable and may not be redeemed for cash.
* Golden Ticket winners have the choice of either two (2) AFL Grand Final Tickets held in Victoria, or two (2) NRL Grand Final Tickets to be held in New South Wales.
*Only Australian and New Zealand residents are permitted enter.
*The field hockey training session with Jamie Dwyer (prize), can only be scheduled to take place within Australia or New Zealand, will run for a maximum of 2 hours, and be made for a mutually agreeable date and time with Polytan, Jamie Dwyer and the recipient.
In 2011 the devastating earthquakes in Christchurch, NZ destroyed the community’s surrounding sporting facilities, but not their hope or determination!
The Christchurch City Council decided they wouldn’t let this natural disaster affect the community’s opportunity to participate in sport. This was when the idea for once central location catering for many different sports including hockey, tennis, athletics was born.
Under the head contract of HEB Construction Ltd, Polytan installed the sports surfaces for 2 FIH Certified hockey pitches, 1 IAAF nine lane athletics track and 12 ITF tennis courts to create the Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub.
These high-quality elite sporting surfaces were manufactured by APT Asia Pacific in Australia at their ISO:9001 approved factory in Dandenong South, VIC.
The facility was awarded with the prestigious Alan Berry Achievement Award at the 2019 SportGroup Agent Conference. This award recognises sporting facilities that encourage those from grassroots to play and develop hockey on a local level.
The new Sports Hub has already held FIH Pro League matches, local hockey matches for the Canterbury Hockey Club and local athletics competition, as well as other local sporting initiatives.
The Cantebury Hockey Club are enjoying the new hockey pitch surfaces:
“It’s fantastic to see the hockey community back here and playing together. Reports on the facility have been absolutely awesome and we look forward to using it in its full capacity” – Chris Leslie, Former New Zealand hockey player & High-Performance Manager of Canterbury Hockey Club (CHC).
The Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub brings a new sense of hope and inspiration to the Christchurch community through sport.
Sport Surfaces Installed by Polytan:
With exposed red handmade bricks and round arches, the listed stadium in Stockholm is an architectural jewel dating back to 1912. At that time, it was built according to the plans of Swedish architect, Torben Grut for the fifth modern Olympic Games. Today, it still serves as a venue for international sports competitions.
The 30th May 2019 was an important date in the events calendar at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium. On this day, the IAAF Diamond League took place for the eighth time in a row at the stadium as part of the Stockholm Bauhaus Athletics meet after Doha on 3 May and Shanghai on 18 May.
It will be the third Diamond League meeting of the 2019 season. The best athletes in the world competed for victory at the Stockholm stadium on a Polytan tartan track.
The IAAF Diamond League will visit this same surface at four other athletics stadiums worldwide for this event.
IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE IN STOCKHOLM – THE SAME VENUE SINCE 2010
World-class athletics and sports have a long tradition of being held at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium. The DN Galan international sports festival has been held here since 1967.
Due to a change of sponsorship it was renamed to Stockholm Bauhaus Athletics. Since 2010, this venue has been an integral part of the IAAF Diamond League.
Other sporting highlights held in the stadium during 1956 included the Olympic Equestrian Games and between 1956 and 2013 the successful Swedish football club Djurgårdens IF home games. The Stockholm Marathon, which finishes in the Olympic Stadium is also an annual source of excitement.
If you want to enjoy the extraordinary stadium architecture minus the sports, you can also attend concerts by internationally renowned artists.
LISTED ARCHITECTURE IN THE STOCKHOLM STADIUM
Now, Stockholm’s Olympic Stadium is once again in its original condition and features around 14,500 partially covered seats in its historic visitors’ stands. An extra stand was added for the European Athletics Championships in 1958 and was demolished two decades later because its concrete design disturbed the balanced overall style of the venue.
In 1912 this venue held the Stockholm Olympic Games. Architect Torben Grut exclusively selected building materials sourced from Sweden including Väto granite for the foundations and approximately 400,000 hand-crafted bricks from Helsingborg.
THE LIFESPAN OF SYNTHETIC SPORTS SURFACES IN STADIUMS
In order to provide athletes with optimal training and competition conditions, synthetic surfaces for stadiums must be renewed every 10 to 30 years. A professional re-topping by Polytan can expand the life of your track.
The lifespan of a synthetic sports surface depends on the usage intensity and the extent of weathering. Solid synthetic surfaces (also referred to as poured floors) are significantly longer lasting than structural spray-coated surfaces (also known as spray coating or sprayed surfaces).
THE OLYMPIC STADIUM’S RUNNING TRACK: REKORTAN PUR
In the summer of 2014, the old circular track at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium was replaced by a modern Polytan high-speed polyurethane surface. The choice fell on a waterproof Rekortan PUR surface, which has already achieved numerous records and best times worldwide.
THE ADVANTAGES OF THE RUNNING TRACK AT A GLANCE:
Polytan Rekortan PUR surfaces feature a thicker base and thinner top layer. Like all running tracks made by a sports flooring specialist, this high-speed synthetic surface is installed seamlessly on site using the in-situ installation method.
Polytan uses high-quality rubber granules for its surface coatings. Depending on the thickness, shape, quantity and scattering, these granules determine the functional properties of the synthetic surface, such as the energy-enhancing tread elasticity.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our sports surfaces and provide advice to help you find the right surface for your new training ground. Please do not hesitate to contact us here.
BRICK RED TRACKS WITH BLUE SECTIONS
A few years ago, running tracks were installed exclusively in classic brick red, today the use of other colours has become popular. The most famous example is the blue track at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, which has already found numerous imitators worldwide.
However, in the venerable Olympic Stadium in Stockholm the traditional red tracks have been retained in keeping with the russet brick architecture of the Stockholm stadium itself. The blue sections create highlights, which visually enhance the high, long, triple jump and pole vaulting areas and lend a special touch to the layout.
POLYTAN SYNTHETIC SURFACES IN A HISTORICAL SETTING
The opportunity to install one of our modern athletic running tracks in such a historic and architecturally unique outdoor sports arena as the Stockholm Olympic Stadium is always an extraordinary event and a great honour for us and our employees.
Given that international athletics track and field competitions such as the third Diamond League for the 2019 season are being held at this venue, shows that athletes from around the world enjoy performing at their best on a Polytan athletics track surface.
We wish all athletes the best of luck when competing and performing on our high speed synthetic surface!
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