BC Place set to replace turf – just in time for World Cup qualifying


The current land at BC Place is six years old; it was installed in May 2015, just a month before the stadium became one of six Canadian cities to host matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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The playing area of ​​BC Place is finally grassed.

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The much-maligned artificial playground and fields for the Vancouver Whitecaps and BC Lions are expected to be replaced starting in December.

The project is slated for completion by Jan.21, just nine days before the Canadian men’s soccer team welcomes the United States in World Cup qualifying.

The deadline for submission of tenders was closed at 2 p.m. on Friday.

The current field is six years old; it was installed in May 2015, just a month before BC Place was one of six Canadian cities to host FIFA Women’s World Cup matches.

The current Polytan LigaTurf RS +, installed at a reported cost of $ 1.32 million per contract by Burnaby-based Centaur Products, has been a source of debate since its installation. The Whitecaps often saw visiting team stars not playing because of the grass.

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One of the requirements for the winning bid will be the installation of a synthetic system that fully meets the requirements of FIFA Quality Pro and World Rugby Regulation 22 and will maintain this quality for at least five years.

The BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo) has listed the BC Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps, and HSBC Canada Sevens (rugby) as uses for the field, as well as for FIFA World Cup qualifiers and regional tournaments.

FieldTurf, the system used by both the Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders – the latter cohabiting with the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field – uses FieldTurf, a product many others champion as the gold standard for football. FieldTurf’s bid for BC Place received a 10 out of 10 from the bid committee, as documents released by PavCo in 2015 revealed.

Due to the open and ongoing nature of the tendering process, PavCo was unable to comment on the current turf replacement plan.

Construction during the winter months means the BC high school football championships, which traditionally take place at BC Place, will need to find a new home for 2021.

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