We have six growth chambers at our research and demonstration site. Each chamber is equipped with LED lighting rigs, irrigation systems, sensors and other infrastructure. This has enabled the STRI research team to determine the best possible set up to be used in the StadiaPitch Storage Building. It has also enabled the team to determine how to best use the relevant software and to develop unique growth maintenance programmes and procedures for groundsmen to use while the pitch is in the storage building.
This site consists 60 1x1m modules. These were used to provide the STRI research team with a total of 240 turf edges, each 1m long, with which to screen a large number of different edge designs by subjecting them to a whole range of treatments. This has enabled the team to test and document the playability of almost any edge combination over the last two years to ensure the best design possible is used in the StadiaPitch modules.
This site is 360 m2 in area and consists of four full size modules, each measuring 4.5 x 9.0 meters. The STRI research team conducts trials on this area to collect a range of data to enable the team to design the best system possible. As part of this process, they manage the playing surface in the same way as a world class pitch would be maintained to ensure the trial results are applicable to this standard of pitch. Run around on it and see for yourself! Bosch Rexroth has installed a drive and control system under the modules, so we can move one of them. This enables us to show potential clients how good the edges appear when the modules are separated and what the joins look like when modules are brought together again after a “concert”. Take the StadiaPitch challenge and see if you can see the joins. We don’t think you will be able to do so!