Photo provided by Darebin City Council and Football Federation Victoria
It’s been over two years since a sporting match has been played on any of the three, Darebin International Sports Centre (DISC) fields. With 30 years’ experience in revamping Australian synthetic sporting fields, Polytan was chosen by Darebin City Council, as the sports field resurfacing company to bring back to life these three tired, 12+ year old fields. Polytan have completely transformed the largest synthetic football field facility in Australia and the home of Football Federation of Victoria (FFV).
The first challenge of the project was the removal and disposal of synthetic turf, along with the black rubber granule and sand infill. Secondly, the original free draining base on all three fields did not meet the strict level of flatness tolerances required for FIFA Quality certification. Additionally, the East and West fields were severely out of shape and needed further base remediation works. These works involved processing over 5,000m2 of the existing base material before the Triaxial Geogrid could be placed across the subgrade to provide additional stability to the free draining base while also increasing the bearing capacity.
The Northern Field (pitch no.3) at DISC was resurfaced using Polytan’s elite system – LigaTurf RS+260 COOLplus topped with premium Bionic Infill. Whereas the East – West Fields (pitch 1 and 2) were surfaced with a highly durable LigaTurf HB250 COOLplus with SBR rubber infill.
As a sustainable company, Polytan act responsibly with our environment in mind. Over 90% of the original infill and synthetic grass material were removed from the site. These original materials were reused for several other uses such as the re-installation of grass at local schools, creches and even a driving range! The recycling of this material has rechannelled over 800 tonnes of material, preventing additional waste entering landfill and thereby giving back to the community and our environment.
The three spruced up fields at DISC add to Polytan’s growing list of premium facility references, following on from the upgrade of the State Athletic Centre at Lakeside Stadium and the State Hockey and Netball Centre. Now that the three football fields have completed their face-lift, they will once again engage and activate more sport participation within the surrounding community.
LigaTurf synthetic football surfaces are preferred by professionals and amateur players alike, for their durability and playability. Polytan are proud to empower athletes from grassroots through to Olympians to reach their full potential and greatest performance.
For more information on Polytan’s sport field surfaces, please call our friendly team on 1800 663 812 or Contact Us
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Please note all photos have been kindly supplied by Darebin City Council and Football Federation Victoria.