Paramatta, New South Wales
HG Sports Turf | Lendlease
Stadia | Soccer | Natural Turf
Western Sydney Stadium is a purpose-built rectangular pitch stadium that will be the home to several elite sport teams including Western Sydney Warriors (football), Parramatta Eels (rugby league), and New South Wales Waratahs (rugby union).
The $360M, 30,000 seat capacity stadium was opened in early 2019.
The detailed brief from infrastructure New South Wales (NSW) required the design to ensure the Field of Play could always be prepared at a high level of quality and that no games were lost due to a heavy storm event.
To ensure no games were lost due to inclement weather, the Field of Play consists of a subsurface ventilation drainage system which allows the stadium operator to rapidly draw moisture through the profile to ensure the surface is playable. The system is the first designed and installed in a stadium in Australia.
Working within the design consortium, SPORTENG was responsible for the detailed design and documentation for the Field of Play. The playing surface is flat and due to the subsurface ventilation drainage system, the subgrade is also flat.
The stadium roofline will provide 100% drip-line coverage to all spectators which in turn will increase the extent of shadows across the playing surface. Synthetic grass is used around the pitch to maximise the extent of vehicular traffic without damaging the natural turf surface.
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