FC Barcelona names FieldTurf Official Sports Surfaces Supplier
FieldTurf becomes FC Barcelona’s Official Sports Surfaces Supplier
(BARCELONA, July 2012) - The world leader in FIFA Recommended artificial turf installations is joining forces once again with FC Barcelona and will install the most cutting-edge artificial turf football pitches at the club's Joan Gamper training complex.
POLIGRAS IBÉRICA has been working with FC Barcelona for over 20 years and FieldTurf, the parent company of Poligras Ibérica, has entered into an agreement to replace four artificial turf pitches at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Two of the pitches will be replaced during the month of July and the other two are scheduled to be replaced once the 2012-2013 football season finishes.
Emili Sabadell, FC Barcelona’s Director of Operations, was quoted as saying that “the agreement with FieldTurf is very beneficial for FC Barcelona, as we will replace the current artificial turf, which was installed ten years ago, with new turf of a quality that is appropriate for our youth football
FieldTurf will be installing FieldTurf on all 4 pitches. The product features one of the most durable fibers in the industry surrounded by a patented mixture of silica sand and cryogenic rubber infill material. This turf system has been designed to offer maximum safety, playability, and durability, as well as enhanced surface permeability.
The new FieldTurf pitches have also been designed to meet and exceed the FIFA 2-Star quality mark – delivering optimum vertical ball rebound, ball roll, shock absorption, deformation, and rotational resistance. These biomechanical performance criteria are key to ensuring a high performance football surface for elite level competition
FieldTurf is one of FIFA’s preferred producers. The high standards set and enforced by the FIFA Preferred Producer Initiative aim to provide consumers with a guarantee that turf produced and installed by FIFA Preferred Producers is of the highest standard and meets consumer requirements. The FIFA Preferred Producer program therefore guarantees the club that FieldTurf will deliver a high quality surface for many years to come.
Innovative Recycling Program
FieldTurf POLIGRAS will reinstall the old turf from the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on two pitches that are next to the Miniestadi. By partnering with FieldTurf and FieldTurf POLIGRAS, FC Barcelona benefits from an innovative and environmentally-friendly way of reusing the old turf. The different components that make up the system installed ten years ago in the Ciutat Esportiva (rubber, sand and turf) will be carefully separated using an extremely innovative and patented machine so that the materials can be reused and given a new lease on life.
FieldTurf is the world’s leading company in artificial turf innovation with more than 7,000 sports field customers across the globe. FieldTurf belongs to Tarkett Sports, the sports division of the Tarkett Group. The company established its range of synthetic turf products designed for soccer, rugby, and hockey at all levels of the game. The company also supplies for landscaping and has a complete range of tennis and golf surfaces.
With a turnover of 1.9 billion euro in 2010, Tarkett is a leading provider of innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surfaces. Some 9,200 employees serve Tarkett’s customers in 100 countries and from 32 production sites. Since January 2007, Tarkett is owned by the Deconinck family (50%) and private equity funds affiliated with KKR (50%). Tarkett is one of the official partners of the French National Sports Olympic Committee (CNOSF) for the Olympic Games.