Forsyth Barr Stadium, New Zealand

Forsyth Barr Stadium, New Zealand
Forsyth Barr Stadium, New Zealand
Forsyth Barr Stadium, New Zealand
Forsyth Barr Stadium, New Zealand

“With the increased stability and durability of the turf, we can deliver on our promise to be a truly multi-purpose facility”
David Davies, CEO of Forsyth Barr Stadium

Desso hybrid grass at world's first fully enclosed stadium with natural grass

Essential ingredients in stadium’s design

Forsyth Barr Stadium - also known as Otago Stadium - in Dunedin (New-Zealand) plays host to several major national and international rugby fixtures, one of which was the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The stadium is one of a kind in all aspects. To tackle Dunedin’s extreme cold and wet climate, the most southerly professional sports stadium in the world was equipped with two essential features: a UV translucent roofing and a Desso GrassMaster hybrid grass pitch.

Durable pitch indispensable for rugby tournaments

A true multifunctional venue with rugby as its key sport needs a firmly anchored and stable pitch, that can handle all weather conditions.

David Davies, CEO of Forsyth Barr Stadium: "The introduction of Desso GrassMaster is just another unique factor that makes this stadium absolutely world class. With the increased stability and durability of the turf, we can deliver on our promise to be a truly multi-purpose facility, providing a wide range of events to meet the needs of the whole community."

30 000 fans under one UV translucent roof

The architectural icon has a capacity of seats, all under one translucent roof. This roof is made up of EFTE, a transparent polymer originally developed for the space industry. This roof material allows for 90% of the sunlight to still reach the pitch, along with UV light and fresh air.

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