IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE MAKES ITS WAY TO THE OLYMPIC STADIUM IN STOCKHOLM - Polytan
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IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE MAKES ITS WAY TO THE OLYMPIC STADIUM IN STOCKHOLM

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).

Image of the athletics track at Stockholm Stadium

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:

  • The ideal combination of an elastic base layer and solid construction
  • High acceleration
  • Energy-enhancing tread elasticity
  • High load capacity and a long lifespan of up to 30 years
  • Interspersed EPDM granules in the top layer make the sports surface ideal for running shoes with spikes
  • Certifiable according to IAAF requirements

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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